Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today with misappropriating RM1 million belonging to his former party Bersatu.
He was charged with committing criminal breach of trust under Sections 405 and 406 of the Penal Code.
He claimed trial to the charge read out to him before judge Azura Alwi.
Syed Saddiq, the former Bersatu youth chief, was accused of withdrawing and misappropriating RM1 million from the wing on March 6, 2020, without the approval of party leaders.
If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in jail, whipping and a fine.
He was also slapped with a separate charge of misusing donations totalling RM120,000 meant for the 2018 general election.
He was accused of misappropriating the money collected for Bersatu Youth between April 8 and 21, 2018.
He faces jail of between six months and five years, whipping and a fine if found guilty.
Syed Saddiq, who founded Muda in September 2020 after leaving Bersatu, is serving as an independent MP while awaiting approval for its registration as a political party.
The court allowed him bail of RM330,000 with one surety for both charges and told him to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Kuala Lumpur once a month.
He was also told to surrender his passport to the court.
Case mention was fixed for Sept 10.
Faridz Gohim Abdullah from MACC’s legal and prosecution division prosecuted alongside deputy public prosecutors Muhammad Asraf Mohamed Tahir and Mohd ‘Afif Ali.
Syed Saddiq was represented by lawyers Gobind Singh Deo, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Hajian Omar.