Rosmah: I won't step down as Permata patron even if pressured

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  • Sunday, 18 Feb 2018

LANGKAWI: The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (pic) says she will not step down as patron of the Permata programme even if there is pressure from the Opposition to do so.

Rosmah said this was because all the efforts and struggles she had contributed all this while was not for self-interest but for the country and the children who would inherit the nation.

The 10-year period that Permata had gone through had been full of hardship and challenges, she said, adding that during her tenure as patron, she was made the subject of various slander and accusations from the Opposition.

“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 benefits.

“Whatever the people want to say, it's all right, for the sake of the  Malaysian children, all the false accusations from the Opposition, even though they are bitter for me to swallow, I just ignore them. 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 Centre at the LADA Complex here Sunday (Feb 18).

Rosmah said as the wife of the country's number one leader, she could not just stay home or accompany Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in discharging his official duty.

She said on the principle of being 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, and they have the same right to grow together as cheerful children and to become the nation's human capital,” she said.

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

"In the aspect of expanding access to more children to benefit from Permata, the programme “Permata On Wheels” had been implemented where activities were 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 between the ages of 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, and they are given early exposure in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to promote interest in these areas,” she said.

The Permata Centre in Langkawi is the 89th such centre in the country, and the fourth in Kedah, which is located on the 1st Floor of the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) Complex. It is capable of accommodating 100 children. - Bernama

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