Netizens may be venting their anger over the appointment of Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin as the special adviser to Khairy Jamaluddin but she appears to be unperturbed.
Saying that she understands the public criticism over her appointment, the former deputy health minister said she was not going to let that get in the way of giving her best to the people and in assisting the health minister.
Rosmah, a lawyer by training, is confident that she will be able to draw on her past experience in the health portfolio to contribute to addressing the health crisis in the country.
“I know I won’t be in for an easy ride and I won’t be able to please everybody but I will try my best,” the Umno Supreme Council member told FMT.
“I am aware of the huge challenge in front of me but my focus is (on) helping the minister and contributing in any way I can.
“I will feel satisfied if I can contribute … even if my contribution is not that much, I hope to make a difference.”
Netizens took to social media to vent their anger after news of Rosnah’s appointment today, with some saying it was a “waste of taxpayers’ money” while others questioned whether her non-medical background will actually help resolve issues related to health and the pandemic.
Some also claimed the former three-term Papar MP’s appointment to the post was politically motivated.
Brushing aside these brickbats, Rosnah said: “I understand (the criticisms). But I’ve been through that a lot and for me the most important thing is to just serve the people. I don’t have any ulterior motives.”
Describing it as an “honour” and “blessing” to be part of Khairy’s team, she said she was already planning her next move.
“What I need to do is to go on the ground a lot so (that) I can understand what is happening.
“The minister will still be travelling around the nation but not to all corners, so that is where I can help him,” she said.
Rosnah acknowledged it would be a tough undertaking, not just for her but everyone in the ministry to ensure that people across the nation have access to health.
“From Khairy’s first speech as the health minister, you can understand he wants to do a lot of things to make sure health is for everyone, especially with the challenges caused by Covid-19,” she said.
Her home state Sabah’s worsening situation will be among the top items on her itinerary, she said, particularly concerning the vaccination rate in the state.