PPBM’s youth wing chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman announced today he will put on hold his plans to study in Oxford University in order to work for the opposition against the ruling Barisan Nasional government.
The 25-year old said he was supposed to travel to the United Kingdom to commence his Masters in Public Policy next week but had decided to change his plans to work towards the “betterment of the country”.
“Please forgive me, mother. I have taken a stand to put Oxford behind and prioritise and focus to fight the country which is becoming sicker,” he said in a press conference here.
He added that it was a difficult decision to make but he only did so because of all the “unfinished challenges” in Malaysia.
“If I go to Oxford this year, my heart will not be there. My heart will always be in Malaysia,” he said, adding that whether he fails or succeeds in the opposition’s battles is not important as long as he tried.
“I may fail and my voice for the betterment of the country may fade and the sacrifice is wasted but at least one day I can face my children and my grandchildren and swear that I tried. I tried my best.”
Syed Saddiq had uploaded a picture on his Instagram account showing him holding up an offer letter from the university.
In the post, he wrote: “I have taken into consideration the views of all, including my parents about my future in politics and the scholarship offer from Oxford University to further my studies in Public Policy (Masters).”