By Malaysiakini

An alleged media adviser to former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will be filing a defamation suit against former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, over an allegation of conspiracy to weaken BERSATU.

In a media statement today, Habibul Rahman Kadir Shah contended that Muar MP Syed Saddiq refused to abide by his letter of demand for Syed Saddiq to apologise and offer to pay damages over the allegation.

On 17 September, Habibul issued the legal letter over statements that Syed Saddiq (above) made during a press conference at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, on 2 October 2017.

“In light thereof, I have instructed my solicitors to initiate legal action against YB Syed Saddiq,” Habibul said in his press statement.

Contacted by Malaysiakini this afternoon, Syed Saddiq’s lawyer Beatrice Chin confirmed that she had written to Habibul’s lawyers two days ago, to inform them of Syed Saddiq’s refusal to accede to the demands in the legal letter.

During the media briefing on 2 October 2017, then BERSATU Youth chief Syed Saddiq announced that he turned down a scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree in public policy at Oxford University, England, so as to remain in politics.

He also said that there was a reason for the press conference to be called at the purported UMNO-linked hotel, claiming that a conspiracy was backed by unnamed party leaders to weaken BERSATU by “threatening or bribing” its leaders.

Habibul’s name was raised during Najib’s RM42 million SRC International corruption trial in April 2019.