AS criticisms of the new Deputy Minister for Women and Family Ministry grew over her controversial comments, the Prime Minister has been forced to step in to take some heat off her.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said any Cabinet member holding a new portfolio would require time to study the ministry and manage it well.
He also briefed Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun about what to do to manage the ministry because she was new at the ministry.
“But it’s not that she totally lacks experience. The new portfolio requires everyone to take more time to study,” he said, adding that he had also told Rina to work closely with her deputy Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.
“What is important is not what her personal view is. What is important is what the government thinks about it and that she or whoever is in the ministry needs to understand,” Muhyiddin said.
“Bear with us; we will manage it.”
Siti Zailah drew the ire of many when she said that the likelihood of dying from Covid-19 was only one per cent while the possibility of dying at any moment was 100 per cent.
“Let’s renew our faith and fear God, truly death is real and it comes unexpectedly,” she said.
This comes just days after the deputy minister said in an interview with Sinar Harian that flight attendants should wear syariah-compliant uniforms.
Her comments drew the ire of the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia, which questioned her priorities in bringing up the question at a time when airline staff face possible job cuts in addition to the Covid-19 outbreak.