PETALING JAYA: Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam - the teenager behind the #MakeSchoolASaferPlace movement - says girls should not be judged by their appearance or the clothes they wear.
The 17-year-old sent this message out on Sunday (May 9) after activist Siti Kasim had wondered why the student had worn a headscarf for a certain online programme.
Siti Kasim had also advised Ain Husniza's family to be careful of "being used by certain people".
"No one should dictate how you appear. One must be consistent with one's stand," she said in a tweet Sunday.
Ain Husniza replied that she had worn a headscarf for the programme because she wanted to and there was nothing wrong with it.
Siti Kasim then said there was nothing wrong with wearing a headscarf, but that it may send out the wrong message.
However, the teen replied that her appearance, or the appearance of any girl, did not matter and did not warrant judgment by others.
“I wear what I want when I want to, it literally doesn’t affect my stance in the slightest. Stop judging girls for not covering up and stop judging them for covering up.
“No, I’m not submitting to them. I’m just doing what I want. I’m not submitting to any ‘them’. I just want my school safer, my appearance has nothing to do with it, ” she tweeted in reply to Siti Kasim.
After the exchange on Twitter, many came forward in support of Ain Husniza and to remind everyone to focus on the main issue that the teen was highlighting.
"Ain @ant33ater has shown a remarkable level of maturity & intelligence. Adults, pls focus on the main issue, DO BETTER. No one should be subjected to any kind of threat & abuse for speaking up. It’s time to take action! #StandWithAin #MakeSchoolASaferPlace," Malaysian-born, UK-based surgeon Dr Amalina Che Bakri tweeted.
Ain Husniza had also earlier taken to Twitter to remind adults to stop using her statements only when it benefited them and, instead, focus on the main issue.