Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, the 27-year-old member of Parliament (MP) from Muar, has said that his new political party will contest in the 15th General Election (GE15) if it is registered in time
According to Syed Saddiq, it will be "Malaysia's very first youth-led, multiracial, multireligious political party" that will fight for the interests of not just young people but all Malaysians.
The new political party, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA), will fight for "young and old, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, for the interest of middle Malaysia", the Muar MP said.
He was speaking to BFM's Breakfast Grille earlier today, 17 September, when he revealed that he will be officially registering MUDA with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) today, 17 September.
"Immediately after our interview, I will be heading to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to register MUDA as a political party," he told BFM's Breakfast Grille, according to a report in Malaysiakini.
For now, MUDA will not enter into any alliances with any other parties
He said that it was "too early" for MUDA to decide whether it will align with any existing major political coalition and that any such negotiations will only happen once the new party proves itself.
Sharing highlights of the interview, BFM's Roshan Kanesan said that Syed Saddiq's MUDA is entering the political arena for the long term, which may mean that the party may lose some battles to win the war.
In the meantime, Syed Saddiq said that any attempt to hinder the registration process for MUDA could result in public backlash
"I'm very sure that the vast majority of Malaysians are well aware and they know if there are barriers placed in our way, this is a way to stop (and) hinder the progress of a legitimate political entity (and) to silence the voices of young people, like how they did it to (student) Veveonah (Mosibin) in Sabah," he said.
"I think that will create a greater backlash."
According to the former youth and sports minister, he has "personally appealed" to both Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin about his plan for MUDA.
"So we hope there will be no political barriers placed," he was reported as saying.
The RoS is an entity under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Muar MP had announced his plans last month:
Following which, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged Syed Saddiq to "not split the Malay votes" among MUDA and his own PEJUANG: