Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is a Malaysian champion debater and politician. In 2018 general election, he won the parliamentary seat in his hometown. Later that year, he was appointed as Youth and Sports Minister, the youngest in Asia to hold a ministerial portfolio.
Syed Saddiq was born on 6 December 1992 in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. His mother is a teacher whom he idolized so much. In fact, he told an interviewer that he believed he can succeed in politics with only the help of his mother and even without the backing of high-ranking politicians.
Syed Saddiq is an alumnus of the Royal Military College (RMC). He has been a debate trainer at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he is studying law. Previously, he was awarded Asia’s Best Speaker for three times by the Asian British Parliamentary (ABP) Debating Championship. He was offered a RM400,000-worth scholarship to study a full-time Master of Public Policy degree at Oxford University but he turned it down in favor of politics.
He became the spokesperson and chief of Angkatan Bersatu Anak Muda (Armada), the youth wing of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM or Bersatu), the Malaysian Indigenous Party whose chairman is Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
During the 2018 election, he worked closely with PM Mahathir who became his mentor. Running against a veteran politician did not faze him. He was called a kitten but he responded gracefully by saying thank you because he (Syed) had always wanted to be a kitten.
Syed is a true nationalist at heart which he said he developed while studying at the military school. In an interview with Malay Mail, he claimed to be a racist or radical during his younger days and that he only mingled with fellow Muslims. But that has changed, for now.
On March 13, 2019, World Economic Forum (WEF) included him, along with two other Malaysians, as one of its Young Global Leaders who had made significant contributions in the fields of business, politics, the arts, technology, sports, activism, and social work.