By Sheeda Fathil
SHAH ALAM, May 5 — The Selangor government will look into several offers and suggestions to help outspoken schoolgirl Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam in her studies, who will be sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari had commended Ain Husniza’s move to speak out and upholding the rights of female students.
Ain Husniza came to public attention after she posted a video on TikTok last week about a male teacher who had allegedly joked about rape during class.
The video went viral overnight and had sparked a nationwide debate on sex education, misogyny and sexual violence, which prompted the 17-year-old to create the hashtag #MakeSchoolASaferPlace on social media.
“I have spoken of Ain Husniza’s issue to several people and some of them had offered to help in sponsoring her education but of course this has to be discussed with her family.
“Her bravery in highlighting the issue should be appreciated and I was also informed that Ain had skipped school today (yesterday) even though she will be sitting for the SPM,” said Amirudin when met after witnessing the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Wanita Berdaya Selangor and Open University Malaysia at the Selangor State Secretariat building, here yesterday.
Meanwhile, Amirudin said that the Education Ministry should take the matter seriously, which could corrupt the students’ mind if action is not taken.
“We are an advanced society, developing country… there has to be a change in attitude, women should be respected. In fact, the Education Ministry and the authorities must take this issue seriously,” he added.