Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman created history when he became the youngest minister when Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appointed him the Minister of Youth and Sports. Since then, he has been one of the most visible and outspoken ministers in the New Malaysia’s cabinet. In this interview, he tells Sharmila Valli Narayanan of the achievements of his ministry so far.

  • Photos By V. Chanthiran

Even before he became the youngest minister in Malaysian history, Syed Saddiq was already making news for his prowess in international debates (he was a three-time winner of the Asian British Parliamentary (ABP) Debating Championship’s Asia Best Speaker Award), his political activism (he joined the Save Malaysia Campaign in 2016 which was started by Tun Dr Mahathir who was a harsh critic of then Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak) for which he received death threats, and for turning down scholarships to his dream university, Oxford – twice – so that he could remain in Malaysia as an activist and an MP.

What is there not to like about Syed Saddiq? He is eloquent, looks younger than 26 years, is good-looking and he is passionate about making Malaysia better.

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman created history when he became the youngest minister when Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appointed him the Minister of Youth and Sports. Since then, he has been one of the most visible and outspoken ministers in the New Malaysia’s cabinet. In this interview, he tells Sharmila Valli Narayanan of the achievements of his ministry so far.

  • Photos By V. Chanthiran