No need to review Rania Zara’s CCM appointment, says minister

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Rania Zara Medina

The Health Ministry does not see the need for a review of Rania Zara Medina’s (photo, above) appointment as a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Malaysia for the 2019-2021 term.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the appointment was made according to procedures and based on the practice carried out by the previous government.


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“The appointment was done through the same process, so there is no need for a review. It was done in compliance with all regulations,” he said in Sungkai today.

The appointment of transperson Rania Zara Medina created a stir after various quarters, including netizens, objected to it.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, who is CCM chairman, said in a statement yesterday that it was a Global Fund requirement that CCM’s 25 members represent stakeholders in government, non-governmental organisations and academia, and also comprise representatives from targeted communities such as transpersons, gays, female sex workers, drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS.


The statement said the community representatives were chosen from the targeted groups and were confirmed through appointment letters issued by the CCM chairman.

CCM Malaysia was formed following a cabinet decision in 2009 to find ways to tackle HIV/AIDS via a contribution from the Global Fund.
– Bernama

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