Syed Saddiq Rejected Oxford For The Second Time To Stay In Muar
He wants to uphold his responsibility as a Member of Parliament.
Muar's Member of Parliament (MP) Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman announced his decision to reject another offer from Oxford University in a Facebook post last night, 12 June
Syed Saddiq wrote that he will be turning down a conditional Chevening scholarship to do his Master's in Public Policy at Oxford University.
"For the second time, I'm forced to reject the offer because I have been given the trust and responsibility by Muar voters to bring their voices to Parliament," he wrote.
"In fact, I believe my job is far bigger than that — to reform and serve the people of Malaysia," the Muar MP added, before stressing that he wants to ensure Malaysian youths will always have a strong voice in the Parliament.
Chevening is a British international awards programme aimed at developing leaders around the world
Chevening, which is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) together with partner organisations, offers two types of award: Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships.
According to its website, recipients of Chevening awards are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions globally.
It was painful for Syed Saddiq to explain his decision to his parents, who wanted him to continue his studies in Oxford University
"I understand that as parents, they want to see their child excel in academia," he wrote.
Syed Saddiq also said it would be unlikely for him to get a third offer from Oxford University, since it was his second time rejecting an offer from the institution.
However, he was inspired by the people who had contributed to the Tabung Harapan, and those who provided suggestions or plans that are critical to rebuilding the nation.
"The little things make the biggest different, you're all my inspiration," he wrote.
"I have to put this dream of mine behind (me). To me, rebuilding the nation is more important," the Muar MP added.