Permata to continue and will be audited, says Dr Wan Azizah

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 May 2018

PUTRAJAYA: The Pakatan Harapan Government will not pull the plug on the National Permata Programme (Permata), says newly appointed Women Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Instead, the Government will audit and review Permata, which she regarded as a good programme.

“Permata is loosely tied to children’s development and welfare activities, so whatever that is beneficial (for the people), we will continue it.

“But, we will audit and review the programmes in terms of its allocations and cost effectiveness,” she told reporters during a press conference at the Women’s Ministry on Tuesday.

When asked by reporters when the audit on Permata would be completed, Dr Wan Azizah, also the Deputy Prime Minister, said a deadline could not be given yet as it was her first day as Women Affairs Minister.

“We are just about to start (the audit). It’s my first day, give me a break,” she quipped, to laughter by the press.

Permata is the brainchild of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

On Monday (May 21), it was reported that Rosmah hoped that the Pakatan government would not cancel Permata, as she regarded it as a programme close to her heart.

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