Although the article was a straightforward report of Ain moving school, the social media captions sparked a lot of negative comments.
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Just the other day, student activist Ain Husniza posted a short video documenting her third day at her new school.
The 15-second video showed a visibly happy Ain flashing peace signs at various locations in Cempaka Cheras with upbeat music reflecting the overall positive mood.
Her supportive father Saiful Nizam also posted on his social media to say Ain is happy at her new school, along with the video.
However, it seems not everyone is happy with this move.
‘Negative’ comments sparked by media
The caption appears to have taken a subtle dig at Ain for moving from an SMK school to a private one that costs “tens of thousands” in fees while the headline of the article the post links to reads: “Accusing the teacher of joking about rape, ‘happy’ teenager moves to a private school.”
Omar then commented:
How to make Malaysia progress when we have headlines that attract negative comments instead of positive ones.
His tweet from yesterday (11 November) has since received close to 6,000 retweets with over 7,000 likes.
Some comments to Omar’s tweets were in agreement with one netizen saying the comments on Facebook stressed her out.
sebenarnya takyah buat pun news ni, lagipun si Ain pun dah upload vid dia pindah sekolah. Buat news macam ni tambah dengan headline yang tah pape buat orang yang tak sokong si Ain ni makin triggered, makin nak kecam. I pun stress baca komen kat facebook, busuk hati gila— yara (@ysabeen_) November 11, 2021
Others said it was expected from a tabloid.
Tabloid standardla. Nak clicks— fake luktur (@lilacfla) November 11, 2021
what do you expect from a tabloid? if the headline change too "Sekolah kerajaan lebih kuno pemikiran dari sekolah swasta yang liberal dari segi percampuran minda." nanti jadi lain pulak.— NazAmin (@Saphiraz08) November 11, 2021
This netizen however thought it was all part of a ploy for easy marketing.
that negative comment attracts you to comment and quote. easy marketing for them by the sheeps.— Popo (@iyammeow) November 11, 2021
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