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Monday, 9 July 2018

Sports Ministers "Unofficial" Press Aide LGBT Activitist Numan Afifi Quitting





Syed Saddiq’s aide says he’s quitting

FMT Reporters | July 9, 2018



LGBT activist Numan Afifi says the backlash from 'opposition propagandists' has made it impossible for him to exercise his duties.



LGBT activist Numan Afifi had been listed on the youth and sports ministry website as a special officer to the minister. (Instagram pic)

PETALING JAYA: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist Numan Afifi has decided to hand over his duties as Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman’s press officer to an official press secretary to be appointed in the near future.


“The backlash and threats from opposition propagandists have made it impossible for me to exercise my duties, therefore I have decided not to work at the ministry in any official capacity,” he said.

He added that he would be going abroad soon to determine his next move.

Numan had introduced himself as Syed Saddiq’s press officer shortly after the latter was sworn in as youth and sports minister. He was also listed on the ministry’s website as a special officer to the minister.



Syed Saddiq however said he had yet to officially hire anyone to be his special officer, while Numan told FMT he was only helping the minister with press matters until a press secretary was hired.

Syed Saddiq had come under fire from some quarters for apparently hiring Numan, who made headlines last year after organising a “gay iftar”.

In a statement today, though, Numan reiterated the minister’s stand that no official appointment had been made.

He said he had decided to help Syed Saddiq as a temporary press officer, and thanked him for giving him the opportunity to learn throughout the election campaign and transitional phases in the ministry.

“Syed Saddiq has respected my decision and stands firm against any form of discrimination, therefore I would like to ask for this polemics not be dragged any further.

“I am touched and very much appreciate the continuous support from the public, friends and family. Hopefully, we get to live as a community in Malaysia that cherishes diversity without prejudices,” he said.

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