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Keadilan Youth chief Adam Adli Abd Halim has responded to Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s criticism of the unity government, saying the administration has initiated various essential policies. — Picture by BERNAMA

Adam Adli lambasts Syed Saddiq for unity govt criticism

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Adam Adli Abd Halim has hit out at Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman for calling the unity pact a “Nato (no action, talk only) government”.

In a Facebook post, Adam Adli said all three matters raised by the Muar MP — allocations for the opposition, asset declarations by cabinet members and the dismissal of ongoing corruption trials — had been explained many times both inside or outside Parliament.

On asset declarations, he said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had expressed his firm stand on the matter since January and ordered a more transparent and comprehensive mechanism be created, rather than just a declaration without a specific format.

“Not just in a press statement, it was also agreed upon in the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption meeting Series 17 Bill 1 of 2023, which was chaired by the Prime Minister himself last July,” said Adam Adli.

On the court decision to grant a discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on his corruption charges, the Hang Tuah Jaya MP said it was explained in detail by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said in Parliament yesterday.

“The decision to drop the court case, which, I am sure, refers to the DPM case, has been answered in detail in Parliament by YB Azalina in her capacity as minister of law and institutional reform, while stressing the government’s commitment to the separation of powers between the attorney-general and the public prosecutor.

“In fact, the decision to grant a DNAA to TPM has also been brought to the attention of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee, and will be answered by the Prime Minister himself in the Dewan Rakyat today,” he said.

As for allocations for opposition MPs, Adam Adli said that the government has repeatedly reminded the opposition to initiate negotiations about the matter.

“On the ‘Nato government’ comment, it would be better for Syed Saddiq not to just reflect on issues according to his taste. Look at welfare policies under Budget 2023 and ongoing initiatives to eradicate hardcore poverty, resolve the people’s problems, and provide basic needs including schools and healthcare facilities, clean water supply, post-pandemic economic recovery, and the energy transition that will soon begin,” he said.

Adam Adli, who is also Keadilan Youth chief, lashed out at Bersatu Youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal, who is also Machang MP, for claiming the government is practising “pork barrel politics”.

“I’m not sure where the idea of pork barrel politics came from, when his constituency, Machang, is one of the areas that received a large allocation of RM1.44 billion in the form of basic infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

“This does not include the government’s commitment to solve the water supply issues (in Kelantan), which reached RM1 billion,” he said.

— Bernam

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