Rina Harun

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Rina Mohd Harun

رين بنت محمد هارون
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 47)[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)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Alma materNorthwood University
MARA University of Technology
OccupationPolitician
Websitewww.rinaharun.com

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. 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.

Early life[edit]

She grew up in Jalan Gurney, Kuala Lumpur and earned an early education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Datuk Keramat 1, Kuala Lumpur. She then continued her studies at Tun Fatimah School, Johor Bahru 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.

Political career[edit]

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 organisations[edit]

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

Controversy[edit]

During the Movement Control Order (MCO) in 2020, her department released a set of recommendations on 30 March for married women which encouraged women at home 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.[6]

Critics from NGOs such as the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) as well as the general public slammed her for not focusing on the increase of domestic abuse, the welfare of women who may be forced to shelter in place in abusive relationships, and to release what is perceived as a sexist set of recommendations.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[7][8][9]
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%

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bernama Radio on Instagram: "Infografik: Profil Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar #BernamaRadio #semuanyatentanganda #pakatanharapan"". Instagram.
  2. ^ "Rina Mohd Harun dilantik Ketua Srikandi PPBM". www.astroawani.com.
  3. ^ "BERNAMA.com - Rina Mohd Harun named as Minister of Rural Development". www.bernama.com.
  4. ^ "PRU14 nanti soal 'menang atau mati', kata wanita Bersatu - The Malaysian Insight". www.themalaysianinsight.com.
  5. ^ "Rina Harun ready to serve rakyat as minister - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  6. ^ "'Talk like Doraemon': Malaysian ministry issues tips for wives during COVID-19 movement control order". CNA. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  7. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  9. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "Husam kembali bergelar 'datuk', Mujahid Dr Dzul Ahmad Awang 'datuk seri'". MALAYSIADATELINE (in Malay). 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.

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.