PETALING JAYA: Malaysian transgender rights activist Nisha Ayub appeared unfazed over the barrage of criticisms she received online after being nominated in the BBC’s list of 100 most inspiring and influential women.
According to Nisha (pic), the scathing online comments simply meant that she had achieved something.
“It meant that I’ve basically shaken their boats where they felt uncomfortable. That is for me, an achievement.
“So, to all the haters out there, keep on hating me.
“Keep on sharing my (social media) posts, because the more you hate me, the more I will be there. Thank you, ” she said during a Facebook Live session last Thursday.
At the same time, Nisha also thanked the BBC for recognising issues concerning the transgender community, as well as those who sent her congratulatory messages.
“I hope this kind of international awareness will also give other trans-activists around the world an opportunity to bring up their issues.”
Nisha added that this was an acknowledgement of the transgender community’s presence throughout the world, not just Malaysia.
“For all the haters, I’ve seen some of the comments; to be honest, they don’t really bother me because I’m so immune to it.
“What’s important for me is to concentrate on all you guys out there who have given me tremendous support, and all of you out there who congratulated me, ” she said.
BBC’s annual list of the 100 most inspiring and influential women had also included US scientist Katie Bouman, Thailand’s first female monk Dhammananda Bhikkhuni and teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Nisha is the only Malaysian on the list.
She was also the first transgender woman to receive the International Women of Courage Award in 2016.