KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 — Celebrity Muslim preacher PU Syed Mohd Bakri Syed Ishak is adamant that it is wrong to be proud of Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh’s recent historic Oscar win for Best Actress.

“How is winning an Oscar something to be proud of?” he asked on Instagram.

“How does it make Malaysia proud? What’s to be proud of?

“We cannot be proud of something that doesn’t benefit the faith,” he continued.


“Leave it to the faithless.”

His comments provoked response from many incensed at his remarks over the feat that saw Yeoh become not just the first Malaysian, but also the first Asian to be awarded the honour.

“Syed, can you just shut up for a bit,” said Nana Azhar.


“Your endless preaching is making those from other religions hate you, you know that?”

Another Instagram user Loo Chin006, said, “What’s your problem? You jealous she got an Oscar?”

Taufik Hamzah, said: “I think you’re well-suited to a life in Afghanistan — living there will calm you down.”

His controversial stance is the latest of several including slamming popular K-Pop girl group Blackpink for having a concert here last month, praying for floods to ruin it.

In 2019, he sparked a backlash of criticism after calling K-Pop boy band BTS demonic and said their music would only lead Malaysians astray.