‘We always say, children are the best judges and as such, I asked my nephew who sings in the PERMATA choir what he thought of her?
Inexplicably, he echoed what I used to say to my family members for years, “she is loving, caring and so protective of all who are under her watch” – the ingredients that makes a good caring and loving mother!’
CHARMING ROSMAH DOES MORE THAN ALL OF YOU PUT TOGETHER: CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE HITS BACK AT DETRACTORS!
There is certainly a limit to abuse!
There is also a limit to malicious defamation and intimidation of a person!
And to remain silent without coming to her defense when such injustice continues is also unforgivable!
A day does not pass without some comment, pictures or statements that go viral without reference to her!
Her dress, her watches, her slippers, her trips, her purchases, the countries she visits and most importantly, the who’s who she meets and interacts with on pertinent issues she is passionate about in human rights, child development, holistic development and empowerment is all under the microscope of super busy bodies, who do not lift a finger to assist!
And why is this so?
Is it plain unadulterated envy or jealousy, that this individual is succeeding driven by passion to make a difference in the world we live in, addressing issues close to her heart?
But, for an academic review, who is Rosmah Mansor?
She was born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia on December 10th 1951.
And she was a daughter to educators, which explains her deep rooted passion and dedication about education, empowerment and children!
And she had her secondary schooling at the Tunku Kurshiah College, a prestigious boarding school for bright Malay girls in Malaysia.
Today, she is the wife to Malaysian premier Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abd Razak.
And she has balanced her married life and children, by providing the family a home and family life and as much care and attention as possible, which is a challenge in today’s political environment!
To dear friend, the premier she is instrumental in supplying pivotal support to him as a wife and his position and leadership of Malaysia.
We are all aware how in many crisis situations she was there and during at least two crisis situations, if my memory serves me right, she intervened and was instrumental in releasing a student detained in Egypt; and during Malaysia’s Operation Pyramid in Saudi Arabia, the government had requested to get out Malaysian students without visa.
In this incidence, she used her diplomatic connections and got the students out with the Saudi government offering two jumbo jets to help us extract the students.
Both, no ordinary feat!
The logistics, planning, assets to be used transnational was a feat in itself!
But despite all the good that has come, what is saddening is the manner these defamatory spins and stories are going viral!
Let us not forget that Rosmah Mansor, is an individual who comes to the table with more than the required academic qualifications and experience needed!
She is no personal non grata!
Are her detractors aware that after completing her tertiary and higher education at University Malaya and Louisiana State University in 1974 and 1978 respectively, Rosmah Mansor returned to launch her corporate career, putting to good use her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and her Master’s degree in Sociology and Agriculture Extension.
She served at Agriculture Bank Malaysia until 1983, and then took on the position of Business Development Manager at Island and Peninsular Berhad where she served until 1987.
Fast forward to 2017 – as the wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, she wears many hats.
She is the President of the Welfare Association of Minister’s Wives (BAKTI).
She holds the position of Patron for various associations, among others are Children in Hope Foundation, Malaysian Nature Society, Society of the Orthopedically Handicapped Malaysia, Malaysia Aids Council, National Heart Institute Foundation, Thalassemia Association, National Athletes’ Welfare Association, the Foundation for the Development of Underprivileged Children and many more.
She is also on the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as their patron, as well as the President of the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia.
All these take great leadership skills, dedication and passion which she obviously has.
Let us not forget that international moment of glory to the nation, June 2014, when she hosted the 2014 Global Summit of Women which showcased Malaysia’s traditional and unique textiles.
In her speech, if you remember, she hoped the effort would be well received and appreciated, especially by the French fashion houses and expressed her delight at showcasing unique Malaysian styles and heritage in fashion at Paris.
But the greatest of all her passion, as I see it, lies with her undivided love for children!
Yes, she strongly believes that human capital development begins with children and it is an important investment for the nation.
More so as this will lay a firm foundation for national growth, productivity, social cohesion and peace in what is a multiracial, religious Malaysia!
Watching from the sidelines, I cannot but be so pleased to see her drive and initiatives in this venture through PERMATA programmes starting with nationwide establishment of early childhood education and care centers or Permata Negara that focuses on children below 5 years.
For yet again, to her shallow minded and blind detractors, let me remind you that through this initiative to date more than 650 Permata Negara Centers have been set up throughout the country.
This programme has since been widened to the intellectually gifted children under the banner of PERMATA Pintar, aimed at providing appropriate enriched learning environment to challenge them to the fullest potential.
Today, this initiative offers two approaches, the annual school camp for children aged 9-15 and a school for gifted children aged 16-17 at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).
As for PERMATA Seni, the objective is to further refine the talents of children in performing arts through music, choir and dance.
Whilst for PERMATA Insan, the gifted children are provided with an early exposure to the understanding of a-Quran and as-Sunnah in order to groom them to be future Islamic intellectuals.
Even the nation’s youth are not left out!
She has for them initiated the Perkasa Remaja via camp intervention and community based programmes.
These two programmes are aimed at empowering youth to be into the mainstream development.
As a means to reach out to the youth, especially those at risk she initiated the Perkasa Remaja via camp intervention and community based programmes.
These two programmes are aimed at empowering youth to be into the mainstream development which is what is needed in today’s challenging environment!
Is that all?
Nothing can keep Rosmah down as she now embarks on two new projects, the PEMATA Kurnia, a programme for children with autism and Children Specialist Hospital, which I had also pushed for with the then Director General of Health Malaysia, Dr Ismail Merican.
Today, I am advised that both projects are in the process of implementation.
Incidentally, she while driving all of the above, has also kept a sharp eye out for the rights and interests of empowering women!
She has embarked on advancing women related issues, such as empowerment of women, gender equality and uplifting the economic status of women.
And she has addressed these issues as a keynote speaker at conferences both locally and internationally.
And in recognition of her vast contribution she has been conferred various high awards and recognition nationally and internationally!
We always say, children are the best judges and as such, I asked my nephew who sings in the PERMATA choir what he thought of her?
Inexplicably, he echoed what I used to say to my family members for years, “she is loving, caring and so protective of all who are under her watch” – the ingredients that makes a good caring and loving mother!
So can we look at the bigger picture and make a holistic contribution to the nation instead of indulging in treachery against a person who is contributing so much to the nation!