PAS: Revoke Rania’s appointment, get ‘ex-transgender’ instead

PAS: Revoke Rania’s appointment, get ‘ex-transgender’ instead

KUALA LUMPUR: Revoke transgender Rania Zara Medina’s appointment under the Health Ministry and replace her with an ‘ex-transgender’, a PAS leader demanded.

In a statement, PAS Muslimat chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh said Rania has no business being in the committee for Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Malaysia and questioned the government’s rationale in appointing her.

“It looks like the government is giving recognition to the LGBT community,” she claimed.

Recently, Rania Zara Medina, a transwoman, was appointed as CCM committee member under the Health Ministry for year 2019 to 2021.

According to the Global Fund, CCM are national committees from each country that submit funding applications to Global Fund on behalf of the entire country.

They include representatives from the government, private sector, technical partners, civil society and communities living with diseases.

However, her appointment received brickbats from zealots, targeting her for being a transgender but Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye had defended Rania.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sidestepped questions on Rania’s appointment saying he does not know her gender.

Nuridah said that Rania would not be able to give sound advice on how to deal with HIV/AIDS cases, alleging that the LGBT group was responsible for the spread of the disease in the first place.

“How will Rania, as a transgender, be able to give her views on handing the HIV/AIDS disease when one of the main causes of the disease is same-sex relations?” she asked.

However, Nuridah offered no proof to her claims that the LGBT group was responsible for the spread of HIV and AIDS.

She also said that the CCM was funded by international Global Fund, a group which openly supports the LGBT community.

“We propose that the representative comes from the ‘ex-transgender’ group who have gone through a positive phase and returned to fitrah (the original nature).

“The promotion of gender equality is not the culture here in Malaysia. We support the stand made by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who has objected to the LGBT agenda and urged any agenda for the normalisation of LGBT to stop because it contradicts our religion and constitution.

“These people need to be treated especially those struck by virus and epidemic,” she said.

By G Vinod