According to mStar, Da’i Syed’s manager, Mohd Aizat Jaafar believes that there’s a silver lining to the celebrity preacher being accused of rape and sexual harassment.
He said that Da’i Syed, whose real name is Syed Shah Iqmal Syed Mohammad Shaiful, has become more well-known amongst the public as a result of his ongoing legal battles.
“If you’re asking if this controversy has helped (Da’i Syed’s) name and his latest song to become popular, I’d have to say yes. Not many people knew him before this but after this whole issue popped up, even the aunties working at the courthouse canteen know who he is,” Aizat said.
The manager also hopes that Da’i Syed will be able to use his newfound infamy to continue his preaching activities and “spread good things” (sic) amongst the public in the future.
Aizat added that there are plans for Da’i Syed to rebrand his image and possibly drop the “Da’i” title from his name which he began using after appearing on a religious television reality programme aired on TV3.
ICYMI, the 25-year-old preacher was charged with rape at the Shah Alam Sessions Court on 10 December and faces up to 20 years in prison and whipping if found guilty.
He also faces two separate charges of committing unnatural sex and molestation at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court and Sessions Court. Da’i Syed pleaded not guilty to all three counts.
Recently, Da’i Syed was released after posting a bail of RM35,000.