Local rapper Caprice has alleged that he was blocked on Instagram by celebrity preacher and philanthropist Ebit Lew for questioning the preacher's actions while on a humanitarian aid mission in Gaza
Kosmo reported the rapper, whose real name is Ariz Ramli, as saying that he had reached out to Ebit Lew after being asked about the preacher's actions but instead he was blocked by him.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, he shared multiple pictures of a young Palestinian girl receiving a toy from Ebit Lew and alleged that people in Gaza have found them to be a distasteful photo-op.
According to Caprice, these kinds of incidents have happened before, and the people in Gaza are incensed at "people who look pious that use pictures of Gaza to get donations".
"This poor girl's identity was not kept private," he wrote in the accompanying caption, while ironically sharing the photos showing her face himself.
"The same poor girl, receiving the very same toy, but having to pose for the cameras twice. The people of Gaza are asking why does it look like a photo shoot?"
The rapper claimed to be the preacher's number one supporter
"I have been your number one supporter this whole time. This issue about the toys became a controversy after the people of Gaza told me about the pictures," he wrote in another Story.
Caprice also shared a screenshot of a purported Whatsapp message between himself and Ebit Lew, captioning it by saying he has conveyed his criticism of the preacher in private before going public.
"The person who has to face the consequences (of the photo op) is me, while he has already gone home," said Caprice.
Earlier, it was reported by Berita Harian that Caprice had left Malaysia on 24 June to join a separate aid mission for Palestine spearheaded by UMNO Welfare Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Azeez Abdul Rahim.
However, Caprice later revealed on Instagram that he was yet to enter Gaza, and is currently stuck in Cairo, Egypt.
His Instagram Stories has prompted netizens to express their frustrations at the rapper with many of them questioning his motive for attacking the preacher
According to the Kosmo report, Caprice's Instagram Stories preceded a flurry of comments, mostly from disappointed Ebit Lew supporters.
In one such comment, the rapper was lambasted for attacking and making insinuations against a man who had just lost his father.
Ebit Lew's father passed away on Tuesday, 12 July.
"If you can, I urge you to look closely and read both sides. Don't support anyone just yet. Serious," wrote another.
Meanwhile, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, took note of the controversy, urging his two friends to "make up"
Speaking to the media today 17 July, Dr Zulkifli stressed that although he has not seen the allegations, the matter is personal in nature and as such ought to be resolved immediately.
"I have no comment as I have not looked into anything as of yet. However, I consider the two of them my friends, both have visited me before," he was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.
"It is best if these kinds of things are dealt with in the very best way, which is to be forgiving," he added.