How a Malaysian teenager’s struggle against reculture in schools resulted in national setbacks


A Malaysian teenager faces a huge backlash for speaking out against the passivity shown in schools across the country towards reculture. Ain went to TikTok to point out excesses teachers take with words, especially when related to traumatic crimes like re.

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A Malaysian teenager faces a huge backlash for speaking out against the passivity shown in schools across the country towards reculture. Ain went to TikTok to point out excesses teachers take with words, especially when related to traumatic crimes like re.

Since then, 17-year-old Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam has received support from many on social media while also receiving a lot of backlash for speaking out against it.

Insensitivity a joke?

The teacher in question was referring to protections offered in the country against Re. Meanwhile, the teacher reportedly told the students, “So if you want to be someone, you are over 18”.

Ain raised the problem with another teacher but was accused of being “emotional and sensitive,” as she told the BBC. Although it has received immense support on social media since it was voiced, the general backlash and attitudes of others speak of how such heinous crimes are infantilized as “jokes”.

The teen’s wild words struck a chord with some. Indeed, Malaysians are now demanding that schools be safer for boys and girls alike. Many have written songs about it and asked the authorities to take the necessary steps to raise awareness of the gravity of a crime like Re.

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Since talking in Malaysia, Malaysian children broke out on social media and shared similar cases they faced in their educational institutions. Many also reported harassment and mistreatment by teachers who allegedly do nothing to break the cycle.

“We want to educate”

“We want to educate ourselves. We want to change, ”Ain told the BBC.

However, shortly after her post on social media, she was criticized by many for taking a joke too seriously. Some comments went so far as to urge them to “hide” so as not to blush.

Ain’s father spoke out in support of the BBC during a conversation and said that this incident serves as “evidence that our culture, our society … we need to correct this and get out of this way of thinking”.

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That doesn’t end here. It turned out that the family took the matter to the police.

Local sales outlet MalaysiaKini reported that the deputy police inspector-general dismissed the allegations as “maybe a joke”.

According to the Malaysian Ministry of Education, the teacher who made the “joke” was transferred while investigating the matter.

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