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Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex July 22, 2021. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex July 22, 2021. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — Former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was charged with criminal breach of trust involving RM1 million belonging to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, at the Sessions Court here this morning.

The Muar MP acknowledged the two charges when they were read out to him before judge Azura Alwi and pleaded not guilty to both, with lead defence counsel Gobind Singh at arm’s length during the court hearing.

Syed Saddiq, who donned a tie-less black suit, was accused of committing the act by withdrawing the RM1 million in a form of a cheque from the CIMB bank outlet at Menara CIMB, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, on March 6, 2020.

He allegedly withdrew the funds he was entrusted with, in the capacity as the Bersatu Youth chief at the time, without the prior approval of the party’s central leadership committee.

His charges were framed under Section 405 of the Penal Code, which is punishable under Section 406 of the same Act by imprisonment not exceeding ten years, whipping, and a fine.

The court is currently hearing submissions for bail.

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