KAJANG: Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman claims that he was "attacked" ("diserang") by supporters of Barisan Nasional (BN) when he left the nomination center for the Semenyih election today.
The head of PPBM youth said he was walking to his car shortly after he left the Dewan Seri Cempaka when he was attacked and cursed by a group of BN supporters who were outside.
"When I was cursed, I only gave them salam and kept walking forward, but they chased me," he claimed.
"When he was attacked, the police came around to help PAS Amal also came to help because they saw the reactions of some BN fans."
In a statement, Syed Saddiq thanked the police and the PAS volunteer corps (Amal unit) for hurrying to help him without saying he does not know what would have happened to him.
He said he would respect a person's right to call him names and deviant terms as "stupid" or "pig," but said it was a physical confrontation that crossed the border. "That's too much," he said.
"This incident reminds me of why I started politically, not to fight, but to keep serving," said the Muar MP, noting that he was sad about the culture of "gangsterism" is still the trend in the Malaysian society.
"I want to be a" Yang Berkhidmat "(YB) that serves all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and political ideologies, because Malaysia unites all of us, may Allah open their hearts and minds."
Kajang police chief Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof told the journalists here that he was aware of Syed Saddiq's claim that he would be attacked, but that he had not yet received a police report about the case.
Only when a report is submitted can the police take action and begin investigations, he said.
Syed Saddiq, who, along with a number of Pakatan Harapan leaders, was present to support the PPBM candidate in the midterm elections, said that he will make a police report at the Sungai Way police station today at 2 pm.
Those who compete in the interim election are the Aiman Zainali of PPBM, Umaria Zakaria Hanafi, 58, Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, 25, and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng, 56, better known as the "10 sen man".
The interim election is the sixth in the country since GE14, after the interim elections for the Sungai Kandis, the seats Seri Setia and Balakong in Selangor and the Cameron Highlands and the parliamentary seats Port Dickson in Pahang and Negeri Sembilan.
Syed Saddiq posted a video of the confrontation on his Facebook page, where he was briefly pushed by men dressed in red shirts – presumably PH supporters – before they left.
At one point he was surrounded by a swarm of men in blue shirts – the official color of BN – who insulted him.