Rina Harun

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Rina Harun
رين هارون
Rina Mohd Harun (12 March 2021).jpg
1st Women Chief of the
Malaysian United Indigenous Party
Assumed office
5 April 2017
PresidentMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyShamsilah Siru
Mas Ermieyati Samsudin
(since 2020)
ChairmanMahathir Mohamad
Muhyiddin Yassin
Preceded byPosition established
Ministerial roles
2018–2020Minister of Rural Development
2020–Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–2020Pakatan Harapan
2020Malaysian United Indigenous Party
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Personal details
Rina binti Mohd Harun

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

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 for the second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob since August 2021. She served her first term in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from March 2020 to August 2021 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.

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

Early life[edit]

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]

Early career[edit]

Rina worked in commercial banking industry for eight years before she decided to focus on politics.[8][9][10]

Early political career[edit]


  • 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


  • Srikandi Chief

Pakatan Harapan[11]

  • Deputy Women Chief

Non-governmental organisations[edit]

Ministerial career[edit]

Minister of Rural Development (2018 - 2020)[edit]

After winning her first ever election at Titiwangsa in 2018 general election, Rina was appointed to Mahathir's cabinet as Minister of Rural Development by the new administration of Pakatan Harapan (PH).[8]

Rina launched Harapan’s Plan on Rural Development 2018-2023 on October 2018. The plan aims to make rural areas more condusive, inclusive, and sustainable. It concentrates on six key areas: infrastructure, economy, entrepreneurship, human capital, women, and delivery system.[13] The strategy also aimed to prevent project overlap between the federal and state governments, emphasising the importance of both parties sitting down and working together to achieve holistic development.[14] According to her ministry's records, the plan has benefited up to 500,000 rural communities as of April 2019.[9]

Minister of Women, Family and Community Development (2020 - present)[edit]

During the Sheraton Move in early 2020, which saw the ousting of the elected Pakatan Harapan government, Rina gave Muhyiddin Yassin, the chairman of Bersatu, votes of confidence.[15] Rina was elected as Minister of Women, Family and Community Development under Muhyiddin's cabinet.[16]

Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill[edit]

On December 2021, the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill 2021 was eventually tabled by the deputy minister under her, PAS's Siti Zailah. "This bill, with a comprehensive definition of sexual harassment, will contribute towards creating a safe environment for the community, especially women", said Rina.[17] Victims of sexual harassment will be protected through the enactment of the bill, which allows them to receive compensation of up to RM250,000 from the perpetrators.[18] According to Rina, the new bill is not intended to replace the current justice system, but rather to improve it so that it will cover all areas, not just workplaces.[19]

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. 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.[20]


One month into her tenure, her ministry posted two controversial posters through their social media. In one of the posters, a caricature of a woman and a man are seen hanging clothes, with a message that reads, "If your spouse does something that bothers you, don't nag him. Use humour and tell him, 'This is how you hang the clothes, my darling' (in a Doraemon voice and with a giggle)". Another poster emphasises the importance of one's appearance, advising mothers who work from home to always look neat and "groom yourself as usual".[21] Her ministry then apologised "if there were certain tips that were not appropriate" and "offended the sensitivities of certain groups".[22] Her ministry was urged by All Women's Action Society (AWAM),[23] Women's Aid Organization (WAO) as well as Women's Centre for Change[21] 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.[24]

Rina attracted both praise and criticism after she held a photo shoot showcasing various outfits at the official minister's office. Her weight loss prompted speculation of gastrectomy surgery, although she attributed her transformation to exercise, a proper diet and hard work.[citation needed] 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.[25] Former CEO of the National Welfare Foundation (Malay: Yayasan Kebajikan Negara, YKN) 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.[26]

In February 2021, Rina Harun came under scrutiny after she paid off an RM1.3mil debt to avoid bankruptcy,[27] 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.[28] 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.[28]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2021, Rina was tested positive for COVID-19.[29] Both she and her mother had recovered after treatment

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[30][31][32]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P119 Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur Rina Harun (BERSATU) 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 of Malaysia[edit]

External links[edit]


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  12. ^ "[Infografik] Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun-Menteri Wanita & Keluarga". Twitter. Retrieved 27 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Page 315 - Malaysia Baharu 2018". dbook.penerangan.gov.my. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  14. ^ Sukaimi, Siti A’isyah (29 October 2018). "Six thrusts under the 'Harapan Rural Development Plan' | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  15. ^ Monday, 02 Mar 2020 10:00 AM MYT. "Rina Harun gives Muhyiddin vote of confidence as PM | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
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  22. ^ "KPWKM on Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 27 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  24. ^ "'Talk like Doraemon': Malaysian ministry issues tips for wives during COVID-19 movement control order". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
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  28. ^ a b Lai, Allison (17 February 2021). "Opposition lawmaker questions Rina Harun's source of wealth after million-plus-ringgit debt settled". The Star. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  29. ^ "Rina Harun latest minister to test positive for Covid-19". Free Malaysia Today. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  30. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
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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.