25-year-old unfazed by challenges in BN stronghold

Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman from PPBM boasts a strong social media following but locals in Muar are only just getting to know him in person.
Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman from PPBM boasts a strong social media following but locals in Muar are only just getting to know him in person.ST PHOTO: MOHD KHALID BABA

Fielding a young election candidate in a place known for its pensioner community may seem foolhardy but Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is not your average 25-year-old. The former varsity debating champion turned activist, and now youth chief of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), is backed by online fame.

He has over 363,000 followers on Twitter, and half that number each on Facebook and Instagram, making him a much more recognisable face on social media than his key opponent for Muar's parliamentary seat, three-term incumbent MP Razali Ibrahim of ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2018, with the headline '25-year-old unfazed by challenges in BN stronghold'. Print Edition | Subscribe