Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor was born on December 10th 1951in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan. Having spent her childhood in the suburbs, she attended secondary school at the Tunku Kurshiah College, a famous boarding school in Malaysia, where bright Malay girls were traditionally sent.
She graduated from the Malaya University in 1974 and pursued higher education at the Lousiana State University, from which she graduated in 1978. Following her esteemed studies, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor came back to Malaysia and pursued a career in the corporate field, using her expertise stemming from her BSc in Sociology and Anthropology, and her MSc in Sociology and Agricultural Extension. Malaysia’s Bank of Agriculture was her professional home until 1983 when she transitioned to Island and Peninsular Berhad, serving as the Business Development Manager until 1987.
After leaving Island and Peninsular, Rosmah Mansor got married to Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abd Razak, which meant that she had to adopt the life of a full-time politician’s wife: her family and home required the maximum of her attention and care. What’s more, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor understood that her new role required her to progressively assume a more public profile, in her effort to provide critical support to her husband’s political career.
Today, as the Prime Minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor has multiple roles. She is the head of the Welfare Association of Minister’s Wives (BAKTI). Moreover, she serves as a Patron for several associations, including the Malaysian Nature Society, the Children in Hope Foundation, the Society of the Orthopedically Handicapped Malaysia, the National Heart Institute Foundation, the Thalassemia Association, the Malaysia Aids Council, the Foundation for the Development of Underprivileged Children, the National Athletes’ Welfare Association, and many more. Furthermore, she presides over the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia and is also Patron of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Rosmah Mansor firmly believes that children are at the core of human capital development and, as such, are a critical investment for the nation’s future. By focusing on this, a strong foundation shall be laid for productivity, national growth, peace and social cohesion. To materialize her views she has worked towards developing the PERMATA programs, beginning with the implementation of Permata Negara (education and care centers) across the nation that concentrate on children under five years old. Her efforts have led to the creation of at least 650 Permata Negara Centers so far across the country.
In addition, these programs have been evolved to include the intellectually privileged children, in the form of PERMATA Pintar, which has been specifically designed to stimulate these unique little individuals into growing to their full potential. Two approaches are offered within this program: Children from 9 to 15 years old may attend an annual school camp, whereas those aged 16 to 17 years old can go to a school for gifted children, hosted by the National University of Malaysia (UKM). What’s more, PERMATA Seni are programs that focus on the artistic aspect of talented children, i.e., dance, choir, and music. Finally, PERMATA Insan provides intellectually gifted children with the opportunity to get in touch and comprehend al-Quran and as-Sunnah, aspiring to help them evolve into the Islamic intellectuals of the future.
More importantly, she did not neglect the youth – and particularly the most vulnerable individuals; thus, Community-based programs and the Perkasa Remaja through camp intervention came to life. Through these programs, the young generation is encouraged to participate actively in the mainstream development. Her latest interest involves two new projects; the PERMATA Kurnia, a program oriented towards autistic children, and a Children Specialist Hospital. Both projects have left the design phase and are on the implementation track.
Besides her interest in improving children’s lives, Other than her involvement in the welfare of children, Rosmah Mansor has a passion for the rights of women, including women empowerment, women’s economic status upgrading, and gender equality. Due to her active involvement, she has received multiple invitations to attend several local and international conferences as a speaker.
Recognizing Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor’s valuable contributions to her country and its people, the States of Kedah, Pahang, Melaka, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah, Selangor and Sarawak have attributed her with a multitude of high awards. Moreover, she has received the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Honorary Doctorate of Innovation in Human Capacity Development, the Honorary Doctorate in Education by University Technology MARA Malaysia as well as the Sultan Idris University Education’s Honorary Doctorate in Early Childhood Education. From a global perspective, she has been presented with Australia’s Curtin University’s Honorary Doctorate of Letters and has been named Professor by the International Information Technology University in Kazakhstan. Finally, additional acknowledgment of her contribution was provided with the award for Social Responsibility from the city of Ankara, Turkey, whereas the Global Inspirational Leadership and the STEM Hero awards adorn the list of her international distinctions.
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