Syed Saddiq, Asia’s best debater and fierce critic of Prime Minister Najib Razak, has admitted to having been to a disco, but says he is not a “kaki clubbing” (avid clubber).
Syed said this in a Facebook post in response to attacks by Umno bloggers who accused him of being a “kaki clubbing” and posted a picture of him at a disco.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, the 23-year old student admitted that he was indeed the person captured in the picture and also said that he has been to discos in the past.
“I wont deny that,” said Syed Saddiq.
He also revealed that the picture was taken during the announcement for the knockout stages of the Asia level debate championship.
“I am not a flawless human being. I am also not a flawless Muslim. I, like every other human have made mistakes,” said Syed Saddiq.
He added that the past however did not define who he is now.
“I admit that it is indeed me in the picture. I have been to a disco. I won’t deny that. But I also would like to stress that the picture was taken during the announcing of the knock-out rounds for an Asia-level debate competition.
“I am not a ‘kaki clubbing or kaki disko’ as alleged,” he said on the post, carrying the #IamNotPerfect hashtag.
Syed said he was not a perfect person or a perfect Muslim, but was working on improving himself in the future.
“Like any other person, I have made mistakes, but the past does not define who I am now,” he said, adding that the attacks against him will not deter him from continuing his struggle to make Malaysia a better place.
“I am not someone important. I am a 23-year-old guy who loves his country. Threatening me with my personal life shows how desperate people can get to cling on to power.
“If you think this issue will distract me and the people from the real issues, you are wrong. We, Malaysians, will prove you wrong.”
Syed said he had “come clean” about his past and questioned if Najib would do the same on 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
He also said he would not stop fighting for the truth, even if it risked his reputation.
“Agi idup agi ngelaban!,” he said in the post, referring to the Iban phrase which means to fight as long as one is alive.