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Rising Malaysian star Syed Saddiq begins leadership fellowship at Singapore university

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Malaysian MP Syed Saddiq announced that he has received the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew Senior Fellowship in Public Service and begins his studies today.

Until yesterday, the 27-year-old politician representing the Muar district in Johor, Malaysia, had kept under wraps for months the news that he’d won entry to the prestigious leadership program. Due to travel restrictions, the leader of the newly registered political party Muda and emerging voice for a new generation of Malaysians will begin the program remotely today.

“Alhamdulillah (praise be to god)! I have obtained a placement and scholarship at the National University of Singapore for the Lee Kuan Yew Senior Fellowship in Public Service,” the former Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports wrote online.

The fellowship named for Singapore’s founding prime minister is an advanced regional leadership program that’s been bestowed to figures such as Parliament speaker Tan Chuan-Jin and Malaysian MPs Chang Lih Kang and Wong Shu Qi.

“I’ve been keeping this news to myself from the month of June, but since classes start tomorrow online, why not share the good news with my friends,” he added.

Alhamdulillah!

Saya mendapat tempat dan biasiswa di National University of Singapore untuk program Lee Kuan Yew’s… Posted by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman on Sunday, 20 September 2020

Syed was the youngest federal minister since Malaysia’s independence when he was elected in 2018 and subsequently appointed minister of Youth and Sport, a role he served in for almost two years until the collapse of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government.

The fellowship is a six-week program for senior leaders in government, nonprofit and private organizations to learn and discuss public policies with faculty members and Singapore’s leaders in those areas.

“Participants will acquire insights into pressing global issues and rapid technological change, and the changes taking place around us and before us. Through this programme, they will also form enduring and valuable networks with other leaders in Asia,” Tan Yong Soon, the program’s director, describes it online.

This article, Rising Malaysian star Syed Saddiq begins leadership fellowship at Singapore university, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

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