LGBT activist Numan Afifi puts resignation episode behind him, says being offered jobs abroad

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 21 Jul 2018

PETALING JAYA: Numan Afifi Saadan, who was the press officer to Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, shared on social media that when one door closes, other doors will open.

That was the case when he received several job offers from abroad.

"Arrived in London; woke up to this wonderful news about an offer from a Boston-based architecture non-profit that promotes justice and human dignity," Numan said in a tweet on Thursday (July 19).

Numan added that he also received a job offer from the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).

On his Twitter comments, Numan responded to a tweet saying that he appreciated the support, but has not figured out what to do yet.

"Trying to enjoy my time in London first," he said.

Numan was forced to resign due to his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activism in the past and for being the organiser of a Pride Day breaking of fast event held in 2017.

Critics insisted that it was inappropriate for a "champion of LGBT causes" to be a government staff member.

In response to the uproar, Syed Saddiq said that Numan was not officially appointed and that the ministry was still interviewing potential candidates for the position.

Following the controversy, LGBT activists said they had voted for Pakatan Harapan in hopes of a more inclusive and tolerant society, but Syed Saddiq's silence over the cyberbullying and discrimination that Numan faced over his sexual orientation was disappointing.







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