Rina Harun Slammed For Video Allegedly 'Degrading' Women Featuring Rosyam Nor
A TikTok video posted by Women, Family, and Community Development (KPWKM) Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun has gone viral for featuring Datuk Rosyam Nor, who allegedly made degrading remarks about women
The 40-second video features herself and actor, producer, and entrepreneur Rosyam promoting the Women Rise Entrepreneurship programme by her ministry.
The actor can be heard saying, "Waking up late... Women are always late for everything. Eh, rise from your sleep!"
He proceeded to invite the audience to the programme that was held this morning, 14 September, at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL).
"If you want to join the programme, come to WTCKL tomorrow and I will beat some sense into your head. That's how we'll rise up," he said.
While he was talking, the minister and another woman can be seen smiling in the background.
Former KPWKM deputy minister Hannah Yeoh called out Rina for using a "cheap publicity stunt" in what was intended to be a promotional video, thus, undermining the ministry's image and insulting women
In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Hannah said that this is not the first time that the minister had used cheap publicity that is insulting to the ministry.
She also pointed out that phrases such as "(women) wake up late", "women are always late for everything", and "I will beat some sense into your head" that were used in the video are degrading to women, especially since women have always been stereotyped and many are victims of domestic violence.
"The worst part is when Rina and the officer from National Welfare Foundation just stood and grinned while those words were being uttered at the ministry," she lamented.
The Segambut member of parliament (MP) was appalled over the fact that the script was approved by the ministry, saying, "How can a minister approve of such a script and promotional video when they're degrading and insulting women?"
Hannah then called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to "drop such a minister who belittles the role of women"
"If Prime Minister Ismail Sabri is really serious about the struggle of Keluarga Malaysia, drop such a Minister who belittles the role of women. The ones who should "wake up" is Rina Harun and her deputy minister," the statement read.
"Three years is already beyond the probation period for them to "get up" to work."
As for the entrepreneurship event, Hannah pointed out that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) to organise such a programme.
"Speaking of business, Rina herself had a court case previously, and I think it would be better if Rina didn't teach other women to "rise" in business," she wrote, referring to a RM2.3 million lawsuit filed against the current KPWKM minister by a French company.
In 2020, Rina Harun was involved in a RM2.3 million lawsuit and was facing the possibility of bankruptcy: