Rania stays as CCM member, Dzulkefly tells Umno-PAS

Rania stays as CCM member, Dzulkefly tells Umno-PAS

SUNGKAI: The Health Ministry will stick by its decision in appointing transgender Rania Zara Medina as a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Malaysia for the 2019-2021 session despite criticism from Umno, PAS and zealots on the social media.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said that selecting a representative from the target group, in this case the trans community, and appointing one of its people as a CCM member has been the standard practice since the previous Barisan Nasional administration.

“Anyone can suggest the appointment to be reconsidered and we will go through it.

“But in Rania’s case, the appointment was done according to law and based on the standard operating procedure.

“So, there is no need to review or reconsider the appointment,” Dzulkefly told reporters.

Rania’s appointment irked the opposition, especially from Umno and PAS, demanding an explanation and revoke Rania’s appointment as the latter was a transgender.

However, the Malaysia Public Health Experts Association defended Rania’s appointment saying the transgender community’s participation in CCM was to give them a direct say on health matters affecting the community.