KUALA LUMPUR – July 9, 2018: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman’s special aide, Numan Afifi, quits his post today after a week-long tirade on social media over his alleged homosexuality.
In a statement sighted by The Mole today, Numan stated that he decided to do so after the public backlash have made it impossible for him to perform his duties.
“I will be going abroad in the near future to determine my next move,” read Numan’s statement.
He added that he was never officially appointed as a staff at the ministry.
“I would like to bid my thanks to Syed Saddiq for the opportunity and lessons taught during the entire election campaign and transitional phrase in the Ministry,” his statement read.
Numan first gained notoriety among the more conservative Malaysians in June last year after the former Subang DAP Youth publicity secretary organised the controversial “Big Gay Iftar ” at a restaurant in Bangsar.
The drama over Numan’s position in Syed Saddiq’s team was shoved into the limelight after the minister denied of ever appointing him to any position following allegations via Twitter that Numan was “openly-gay”.
The critics, however, refuted Syed Saddiq’s contention by pointing out that he was telling half-truths about Numan’s appointment given how the latter’s name had already appeared on the ministry’s official website.
Numan’s supporters were also enraged with Syed Saddiq’s denial, insisting that he was discriminating against a member of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexual) community for not doing enough to defend Numan.
“Syed Saddiq may be straight but less of a man than a gay man for sure! Coward,” Betty Teh wrote on Twitter.
“I’m absolutely disappointed and disgusted with you Syed Saddiq. Your ministry’s website showed the list of your special officers which included an openly gay man, not that his sexual orientation has anything to do with his ability to do a good job,” Twitted Afiq Harraz.
Earlier today, a group of LGBT activists held a rally in front of the ministry building in Putra Jaya to protest the alleged discrimination against Numan.