A Twitter user Tasnim got into hot water when she posted up pictures of her flying in Emirates first class to reward herself.
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A Malaysian woman named Tasnim (@tasnimshah_), who attends Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) for law, is currently under fire for travelling in first class on an Emirates flight to ‘reward herself.’
She posted several pictures of herself in the first class cubicle on Twitter, but it didn’t get a positive reception.
For many people, Tasnim is from a wealthy family, and she has robbed a university placement from an underprivileged student.
Minah ni ke? Dammit pic.twitter.com/KyfB6zWWrr— Alif 🇲🇾 (@alephkadim) April 3, 2022
Aku kalau kaya macam tu sampai mampu naik first class Emirates, tak adanya aku nak study kat UiTM tu, paling cikai pun aku suruh bapak aku hantar pergi study kat London. Orang kaya ni memang jenis suka rampas hak orang miskin, reaping the benefits hanya sebab ada title Bumiputera— 🎸Sharon🍻 #SejahteraDenganArak🍻 (@kalossharon) April 3, 2022
There are a few netizens who tried supporting Tasnim. They pointed out that she has her own business, which sells minimalist embroidered jumpers and pants that cost more than RM300.
However, some netizens surmised that she wouldn’t still be able to afford the flight even if she worked as a model or an influencer. Her expensive lifestyle was allegedly shown in her social media posts.
She have own clothing line. One set (hoodies and pants) is RM329. It is just plain design but with embroidery.— farah (hiatus) (@rawrsa) April 3, 2022
Her clothing line pon pricey. I know im not the target audience tpi mahal nya…. pic.twitter.com/ccbJxy56Ls— Daniella Bridgerton (@ladyybridgerton) April 3, 2022
Dia memang orang kaya la ko nengok highlight instagram dia je ko dah tahu— • (@redhaayob) April 3, 2022
They feel like it’s akin to daylight robbery because the super-rich T20s are exploiting their privileges at the expense of the poor.
Others wondered why she went to a public university when she could have studied abroad since she could afford a luxurious lifestyle.
Why are you in UITM? Isnt that place only for B40? You basically T20— Izzy🇲🇾🇵🇸 (@levibubbles) April 3, 2022
Lepas tu merentan bila non-bumi question why they can’t get into UiTM. Personally, as a Bumi myself, I would not judging the non-bumi for questioning because they have all the rights to question the policy.— 🎸Sharon🍻 #SejahteraDenganArak🍻 (@kalossharon) April 3, 2022
Another person jokingly said that the rich continue to be rich due to financial planning. By paying less for her education, she has more money to spend on investments and holidays.
Amidst all the negative comments, a netizen suggested Tasnim sponsor a few poor university students to fix her image.
Bak kata mamat ni, ni semua financial planning HAHAHA pic.twitter.com/AaUnqLkEIj— tsafee🇲🇾🏴 (@tsafee_) April 3, 2022
Hi @tasnimshah_ 🙂 . Why not use the money that you have to sponsor 1 or 2 financially poor university students who deserve it? It can fix your image and publicity. It’s also better than defending yourself. Dismissing issues about poor people is not a hill you want to die on.— Ben (@BenUmxr) April 3, 2022
Tasnim has made her account private due to the backlash at the time of writing. Perhaps it’s for the best.