Twenty-five-year-old Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman has become the youngest-ever minister in Malaysia, sparking hopes among youth for their sports and social welfare.
The youngest of four children, the Johor-born Syed was sworn in on Monday (July 2) as the 18th Youth and Sports Minister under the new Pakatan Harapan government. His predecessor Khairy Jamaluddin was the country’s youngest minister when he was appointed to the Malaysian Cabinet at the age of 37 in 2013.
Syed is a law graduate from the International Islamic University and recently turned down a second offer from Oxford University to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy.
Tall and quick-witted, Syed was well-established in the debating community before he entered politics.
He won Asia’s Best Speaker award at the Asian British Parliamentary (ABP) Debating Championship three times.—Agencies