Rina Harun

Datuk Seri Rina binti Mohd Harun (Jawi: رين بنت محمد هارون) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Minister of Women, Family and Community Development in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin since March 2020 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Titiwangsa since May 2018.


Rina Mohd Harun

رين محمد هارون
Rina Mohd Harun (12 March 2021).jpg
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Assumed office
10 March 2020
MonarchAbdullah
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputySiti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
Preceded byWan Azizah Wan Ismail
ConstituencyTitiwangsa
Minister of Rural Development
In office
21 May 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchMuhammad V
(2018–2019)
Abdullah
(2019–2020)
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputySivarasa Rasiah
Preceded byIsmail Sabri Yaakob as Minister of Rural and Regional Development
Succeeded byAbdul Latiff Ahmad
ConstituencyTitiwangsa
1st Women Chief of the
Malaysian United Indigenous Party
Assumed office
5 April 2017
PresidentMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyShamsilah Siru
(2017–2020)
Mas Ermieyati Samsudin
(since 2020)
ChairmanMahathir Mohamad
(2017–2020)
Muhyiddin Yassin
(Acting)
(2020)
Preceded byPosition established
ConstituencySepang
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Titiwangsa
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byJohari Abdul Ghani (UMNOBN)
Majority4,139 (2018)
Personal details
Born
Rina binti Mohd Harun

(1973-04-18) 18 April 1973 (age 48)[1]
Tanjung Karang, Selangor, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (until 2016)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) (2016–present)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Alma materNorthwood University
MARA University of Technology
OccupationPolitician
Websitewww.rinaharun.com
Rina Harun on Facebook
Rina Harun on Parliament of Malaysia

Apart from that, she served as Minister of Rural Development in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from May 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020.[2][3][4][5] She has also served as 1st Women Chief of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the ruling PN coalition, since April 2017.

Prior to joining BERSATU at its inception in 2016, she was a United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) member.

Early lifeEdit

Rina was born on 18 April 1973 in Tanjung Karang, Selangor.[1] She grew up in Jalan Gurney, Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur and earned an early education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Datuk Keramat 1, Kuala Lumpur. She then continued her studies at Sekolah Tun Fatimah before continuing her studies at the MARA Institute of Technology (now Universiti Teknologi MARA) in Diploma in Banking Studies. She pursued her first-degree studies at Northwood University in Michigan, USA and earned BBA in Banking and Finance.[6][7]

Political careerEdit

UMNO

  • Sepang Women's Youth UMNO Division Chief – 2002–2013
  • Secretary of Selangor UMNO Women's Youth – 2002–2004
  • Deputy Chief of Selangor UMNO Women's Youth – 2004–2009
  • Selangor UMNO Deputy Women's Youth Chief – 2009
  • EXCO of UMNO Women's Chief – 2009–2013
  • UMNO Acting Women Chief of Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi – 2013–2016

PPBM

  • Srikandi Chief

Pakatan Harapan

  • Deputy Women Chief

Non-governmental organisationsEdit

  • Assistant Treasurer, Selangor Youth Council
  • Sepang District Youth Council Committee

ControversiesEdit

"Doraemon" wivesEdit

During the Movement Control Order (MCO) for COVID-19 pandemic period, the ministry under her charge has issued controversial tips for wives to dress up, apply makeup, take up more chores, as well as "speak with a high pitched voice" similar to that of the cartoon character Doraemon as well as giggle coyly at their husbands – all for the sole purpose of avoiding domestic arguments. Her ministry was urged to focus on the increase of domestic abuse, as well as the welfare of women who may be forced to shelter in place in abusive relationships, rather than to release what is perceived as a sexist set of recommendations.[8]

English pronunciation errorEdit

Actress, singer and former English teacher Adibah Noor, shared a clip of Rina Harun and corrected her erroneous pronunciation of the word "doubt" during the 59th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59) at the United Nations. The video went viral and prompted wider discussions on how well the mastery of the English language should be held as important for leaders. [9]

Delay of the Sexual Harassment BillEdit

Rina Harun was criticised after informing the Dewan Rakyat that the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill was delayed partly due to the change in government with the new Perikatan Nasional administration taking over from Pakatan Harapan in March 2020. All Women's Action Society (AWAM) called for a set date for the bill to be tabled in the future and expressed Rina's failure on not focusing on the bill for the entire year when the draft was already presented, and in effect the ministry has lost the chance to ensure that a proper budget allocation was secured during the 2021 budget debate to ensure an effective implementation. [10]

Modelling session at the minister's office after weight lossEdit

Rina attracted massive criticism for "disrespecful use of taxpayers' money" as well her lack of focus on substantive issues, after she held a photo shoot showcasing various outfits at the official minister's office. The viral photos have received both praise and criticism, and her weight loss prompted speculation of gastrectomy surgery, although she attributed her transformation to exercise, a proper diet and hard work.[11]

Netizens criticized her for “glamming up” in the middle of an economic downturn, while her ministry seems to have little achievement since the beginning of the pandemic and movement control order (MCO) last year. [12] Former CEO of the National Welfare Foundation (Malay: Yayasan Kebajikan Negara, YKN) Datin Paduka Che Asmah Ibrahim released a public post on Facebook claiming that Rina's use of official space to model 2021 Hari Raya fashion during the pandemic was highly inappropriate.[13]

Possible false asset declarationEdit

In February 2021, Rina Harun came under scrutiny after she paid off an RM1.3mil debt to avoid bankruptcy, with opposition politicians demanding explanations on how she managed to pay such a large sum based on her salary as Women, Family and Community Development Minister.[14] Through her now defunct company - Eurofine (M) Sdn Bhd, Fine Mobile Network Sdn Bhd and Fine TV Network Sdn Bhd – she had purchased several comedy shows and documentaries worth millions of ringgit from Sarl Novovision, a Paris-based production company between 2011 and 2013. She was earlier served with a bankruptcy notice for debts amounting to RM1,340,642.02. There were questions on how she had accumulated sufficient wealth and funds to pay off the huge debt in a short period of 15 months as the asset declaration data with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission showed that her assets stood at RM72,000 when the same was made public on Nov 20,2019, with an income of RM34,004.48 a month. [11]

HealthEdit

In January 2021, Rina was tested positive for COVID-19.[15]

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia[16][17][18]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P119 Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur Rina Harun (PPBM) 23,840 47.31% Johari Abdul Ghani (UMNO) 19,701 39.10% 50,858 4,139 82.56%
Mohamad Nor Mohamad (PAS) 6,845 13.59%

HonoursEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ Kasthuri Jeevendran (9 February 2019). "Rina tidak takut jika ada pihak mahu semak latarbelakang pendidikan". Malaysian Gazette (in Malay). Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  8. ^ "'Talk like Doraemon': Malaysian ministry issues tips for wives during COVID-19 movement control order". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Adibah Noor will continue to share videos of pronunciation mistakes". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Change of govt no excuse for delaying Sexual Harassment Bill, says NGO". Free Malaysia Today. 8 December 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Opposition lawmaker questions Rina Harun's source of wealth after million-plus-ringgit debt settled". The Star. 17 February 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
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  13. ^ Soo, Wern Jun (15 February 2021). "Women & Family Minister Rina Harun Hosts Fashion Shoot In Minister's Office, Catches Flack From Malaysians". Yahoo! News. Malay Mail. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
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2. ^ "Federal Government Gazette – Notice of Polling Districts and Polling Centres for the Federal Constituencies and State Constituencies of the States of Malaya [P.U. (B) 197/2016]" (PDF). Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-08.