Rosmah: I won’t step down as Permata patron

 |Feb 19, 2018

LANGKAWI: The prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said she will not step down as patron of the Permata programme even if there is pressure from the opposition to do so.

She said this was because all her efforts and struggles in the past were not for self-interest but for the nation and children who will inherit the nation.

The 10-year period that Permata had gone through had been full of hardship and challenges, she said, adding that she had been the subject of slander and accusations from the opposition parties.

“Various accusations were hurled at us as though I had pressured the government to increase the allocation for Permata, as though I had misappropriated the Permata funds for personal benefit.

“Whatever these people want to say, it’s all right. For the sake of the Malaysian children, I just ignore like the passing wind all the false accusations from the opposition, even though they are bitter for me to swallow.

“I am confident that Allah SWT is always behind those people who are doing good,” she said in her speech at the official launching of the Langkawi National Permata Children’s Centre at the Lada Complex here yesterday.

Rosmah said as the wife of the country’s number one leader, she could not just stay home or just accompany the prime minister in discharging his official duties. As a human being, she felt it was necessary for her to contribute to the nation.

“I strongly hold to the principle that all children are assets and a jewel to the country. They have the same right to grow together as cheerful children and become the nation’s human capital,” she said.

Now, Permata had become a manifestation of a successful nation and this was proven by the fact that 500,000 children had succeeded in undergoing the pre-school educational programme at the Permata centre from 2007 to 2017, she said.

“In the aspect of expanding access for more children to benefit from Permata, the programme called ‘Permata On Wheels’ has been implemented for Permata activities to be brought directly to the children, especially in the rural areas,” she said.

What was even more encouraging, she said, Permata had identified 300 children who had a high level of IQ (intelligence quotient), aged between two and five.

“In this context, we have organised the Junior Science Camp in collaboration with Permata Pintar centre to unearth children’s talents and intelligence since young.

“They are given early exposure in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to promote interest in these fields,” she said.

The Permata Centre in Langkawi is the 89th such centre in the country, and the fourth in Kedah. It is located on the 1st floor, Langkawi Development Authority Complex and is capable of accommodating 100 children. – Bernama