2019 is bringing us amazing steps forward in being a more inclusive community globally, no matter our gender, sex, status or background. And well, change is happening right here in Malaysia, too. A transwoman has been appointed into a committee under the Ministry of Health and we are here for this progressive move.
Rania Zara Medina, a former transwoman beauty pageant winner is repping the transgender community as one of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Malaysia representatives for the 2019/2021 term. In the official letter she shared on her Facebook page, it says her appointment would come into effect starting July 1st.
The news sparked many questions and criticisms from some people, and so, deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye released a statement on how the decision was made to appoint Rania.
The statement explains that the appointment was following the regulations that were already set out and that the transgender community would need a representative in the ministry.
It goes on to say that all CCM representatives have individual roles in representing the country. According to The Star‘s report, the community rep for the Global Fund has to be from the target population, and this population includes transgenders, amongst other groups. This is where Rania comes in.
Isu pelantikan transgender sebagai ahli CCM.
1. Pelantikan mengikut prosedur sedia ada (sejak 2009).
2. Pelantikan Rania Zara Medina bagi mengisi kuota kumpulan sasar CCM iaitu transgender.
Baca kenyataan penuh Tim. Menteri Kesihatan, YB Dr Lee Boon Chye. pic.twitter.com/plNENYbA1E
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What’s the function of CCM under the Global Fund initiative? Well, the statement also explains that a CCM rep would be responsible in drafting and sending in the proposal to the Global Fund, an international non-profit organisation that invests funds to help fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.