Waalaikum Salam My Most Respected Guru!
To my knowledge, in the earlier years Kasim Ahmad had a small coterie of followers. The group was however proscibed by the clergy and went underground. In recent times when he requested for a debate or forum to discuss his book, none supported him publicly except for Tun Mahathir. His followers remained silent. The clergy and the public were outrage. There were a few sympathisers. Since the reprisals and penalties are severe none dared declared their support. Naturally, people became aware of his anti hadith and therefore anti Islam stand and how he suffered from it. On the contrary, I personally believe that his efforts have done little good as inspiration or teaching to the majority of N2I in this country. The hold of the hadith peddling clergy is so strong that N2I is beyond redemption. And so, there are people like me who are closet Quran followers ......