Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun has recently came under fire for staying quiet regarding the trial involving special needs teenager Bella until Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Idris Sultan Ibrahim voiced his concern.
On Sunday (17 April), netizens had took to Twitter to criticise the minister after the crown prince made mention of Rina in his statement.
Many also called for Rina’s resignation and labelled her an “embarrassment”.
Saya telah berhubung dan berbincang dengan peguam-peguam saya mengenai kes penderaan Bella. Kes ini sedang berjalan di Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur dan pihak pendakwaan kerajaan sudah memulakan perbicaraan terhadap OKT (orang kena tuduh) dalam kes ini. pic.twitter.com/TEDzwfa96L— HRH Crown Prince of Johor (@HRHJohorII) April 16, 2022
“Shouldn’t the ministry under her be responsible and the pioneer and champion of defending orphans/special needs children who have been victimised?
“Therefore, what action has the minister taken when the case was first revealed?” a netizen asked.
He also asked why Rina was only expressing solidarity after the crown prince voiced his concern. “Where was the solidarity for Bella when the whole of Malaysia had condemned and widely talked about Bella’s abuse?” he added.
SOLIDARITI BERSAMA BELLA : KPWKM SEDIA MENGHADAP TUNKU MAHKOTA JOHOR pic.twitter.com/kZfulfY4V8— Rina Mohd Harun (@RinaMohdHarun) April 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Rina Harun said she and the team from her ministry are ready to have an audience with the crown prince and his wife Che’ Puan Khaleeda Bustamam to explain the latest developments in the trial and actions taken by the ministry so far.
She added that her ministry will work closely with Tunku Ismail’s lawyers and that his gesture is a meaningful one to help seek justice for the teen.
Rumah Bonda founder Siti Bainun Ahd Razali, 30, has been charged with 2 counts of neglect and abuse between February and June 2021. The trial before judge Izralizam Sanusi continues at the Kuala Lumpur sessions court on Wednesday.
On Twitter, netizens also expressed similar sentiments, asking why did the minister kept quiet on this matter despite it has been 9 months since the Bella case exploded.
“The Bella case exploded in early July 2021, it’s been nine months! During that time, @RinaMohdHarun was asleep. And now when TMJ (crown prince) had mentioned her (Bella’s) name, she (Rina) ostensibly wants to show solidarity.” a netizen shared.
Many also called for her resignation for failing to respond to the matter urgently.
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