Roselindawati — the 1st woman to head JAPEN


ROSELINDAWATI Abdul Rahman (picture) has been officially appointed as the DG of the Department of Information (JAPEN), after having played the role of acting DG since March 22.

Roselindawati became the first woman and also the 17th DG to lead JAPEN since her appointment on July 8, the department said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Malaysian Reserve previously reported in May that she was expected to assume the DG role, after her predecessor Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman vacated the post on March 22.

Roselindawati joins the group of women who have been chosen by the government to take up leadership roles to realise its election manifesto in generating more female leaders, promoting gender equality and practising transparent promotion exercises.

Among them is new Chief Justice of Malaysia Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

Roselindawati began her career in 1986 as the public relations officer of the Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry.

Prior to taking up the post of JAPEN strategic communications deputy DG in 2018, she also held other positions such as JAPEN division of issues and issues management director; media coordination division secretary and strategic communications division secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia; and the Prime Minister’s Department corporate communications deputy head.

Academically, she holds a Master’s degree in broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media from Temple University Philadelphia, US. Prior to that, she graduated from Universiti Teknologi MARA in mass media (public relations or PR) in 1984, followed by two bachelor degrees in PR and administration business from California State University Fresno, US.

According to the Women in Business 2019 report by Grant Thornton International, the businesses percentage in Malaysia with at least one woman in senior management is 95%, a 15% growth from 2018.

Despite that, the percentage of women holding senior leadership positions has dropped to 23% from 28%.