The Health Ministry does not see the need for a review of Rania Zara Medina’s appointment as a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Malaysia for the 2019-2021 term.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said this being that the appointment was made according to procedures and based on the practice carried out since the previous government.
“For certain, the appointment was made based on the practice carried out since a long time ago by the previous government. It was done through the same process, so there is no need for a review.
“The appointment is in compliance with all regulations,” he told a media conference today.
The appointment of Rania Zara Medina, who was named 2017 Trans Woman, created a stir after various quarters including netizens objected to it.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, who is CCM chairman, in a statement yesterday, stated that it was a Global Fund requirement that CCM’s 25 members represent stakeholders in government, non-governmental organisations and academia, and also comprise representatives from targeted communities such as transgenders, gays, female sex workers, drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS.
The statement said the community representatives were chosen from the targeted groups and were confirmed through appointment letters issued by the CCM chairman.
CCM Malaysia was formed following a cabinet decision in 2009 to find ways to tackle HIV/AIDS via a contribution from Global Fund.
Rania’s appointment created a stir among the Opposition bloc as a few women leaders, especially from Umno and PAS, demanded an explanation and urged the government to review the appointment.
Wanita Umno chief Datuk Noraini Ahmad yesterday demanded the government explain why a transwoman was named to the Health Ministry’s CCM committee.
“Rania is known as a fighter for lesbians, gays, bisexuals dan transsexuals, and such unnatural lifestyles as practised by these individuals are in opposition to societal norms,” Noraini said.
While PAS Muslimat chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh said that Rania has no business being on the committee for CCM and questioned how the appointment could happen in the first place.
“How Rania, as a transgender, be able to give her views on handling the HIV/AIDS disease when one of the main causes of the disease is same-sex relation?” Nuridah asked.
Earlier report: July 10, PM on Controversial Transgender Appointment: Is She Really a Transgender?