KUALA LUMPUR – Minister of Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman denied a report by a news portal which alleged that he was at a condominium at Puchong before the premise was raided by the police.
According to Syed Saddiq, the article, ‘Syed Saddiq sebenarnya ada di parti dadah tapi…’ (Syed Saddiq was at the drug party but…) published on 17 January had tarnished his reputation as a minister.
“I was informed on 20 January that a fake news about me had gone viral,” he said in a statement saying that he would lodge a police report and take legal actions against anyone who spread fake news, especially if it implicates his ministry.
On 13 January, the police had arrested 17 individuals in a raid on a condominium in Jalan Puchong, early Monday morning.
From the 17 individuals, 16 were tested positive of drugs.
Several political special aides were arrested in the raid.
Syed Saddiq also denied the statement in the article, ‘Fate sided Syed Saddiq as he went home earlier before the police raid’.
Meanwhile, he said, any efforts to lobby major projects in the Ministry of Youth and Sports is wrong and had affected the image of his ministry.
“I’ve always emphasize that KBS’s achievement under the Public Service Corruption Ranking (PSCR) issued by the MACC is getting better since I became the Minister of Youth and Sports.
“KBS has successfully improve the PSCR ranking from a ministry with corruption risk, to number 16 of the least corruption and malpractice,” he said.
Although it was a general statement, it is believed that it was aimed at answering the allegations of the similar portal which claimed that the party which led to the police raid was organised by a businessman who wanted to lobby major projects under the Ministry of Youth and Sports. -MalaysiaGazette