Renamed ‘Genius’: Permata without Rosmah…

16 April 2019


Nooryana Najwa Najib has criticised the government’s decision to rename the Permata programme, which is her mother Rosmah Mansor’s brainchild.

According to her, the name ‘Genius’ does not capture the essence of the programme.

She said Permata, which means ‘jewel’ in English, was conceived on the belief that every child is precious and should have the opportunity to realise his or her true potential.

“Frankly, ‘Genius’ is also insulting to many beneficiaries,” added the daughter of former premier Najib Abdul Razak in an Instagram posting.
Meanwhile, Nooryana said Permata does not only work with gifted children, but also those with learning disabilities (Permata Kurnia) and less-academically inclined youth (Perkasa Remaja).

“It is disheartening that an initiative focusing on investing in our country’s future human capital can be so easily politicised,” she added.

Nooryana, who is pursuing her further studies at Harvard, said she often sees her friends there passionately fighting for early childhood education programmes, specialised programmes for children with disabilities, and other initiatives aimed at improving educational access to low-income communities across the US.

“In Malaysia, Permata provided all these opportunities under one cohesive platform.

“And for those who claim that Permata had nothing to show, I would be happy to provide you with a plethora of success stories.

“It is truly captivating to see how high our children can soar with the right support and learning environment,” she added.




KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — The National Permata Programme that was the brainchild of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has now been rebranded as “Genius”, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said today.

Berita Harian reported Maszlee saying that the Cabinet had decided on the rebranding the child development programme to make it more competitive and highly motivated.

“Though the functions and role remains the same, there are several programmes under it that will be enhanced in terms of quality,” he said after an event in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.

After Pakatan Harapan took over the government last May, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the new administration would not pull the plug on Permata, but would audit and review the programme.


The Pemata programme was previously helmed by Rosmah, the wife to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.The programme was started nearly a decade ago after Najib then took office.

However the previous Barisan Nasional administration had claimed that Rosmah was not involved in Permata’s day-to-day operations.

In 2015, then minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said as patron of the programme, Rosmah does not handle any administrative, financial or managerial matters, as well as other functions that come under the purview of the civil service.


The PERMATA Programs were founded in 2007 under the auspices of YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Hjh. Rosmah Mansor , wife of the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

PERMATA Negara takes care of the newly born to four-year old pre-schoolers.

Rizal Mansor, “Rosmah has a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a Masters in Sociology. Her specialisation therefore, reflects her ability to take Permata to greater heights.”

30 May 2018

Speaking to the press after chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting today, Mahathir also announced that the Permata Negara early education programme under the patronage of Rosmah Mansor, wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, will now be put under the Ministry of Education.

21 May 2018

Rosmah hopes new gov’t will allow Permata to keep shining

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Rosmah Mansor is hoping the current government will not pull the plug on her brainchild the National Permata Programme (Permata), which the wife of former premier Najib Abdul Razak has repeatedly described as being close to her heart.

21 March 2017


DAP rep slams another lie from Rizal on Betty Chew

March 21, 2017

Yeo Bee Yin tells PM’s aide that if Penang CM’s wife rejected top post due to criticisms, then why doesn’t Rosmah Mansor do likewise and quit Permata


PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Yeo Bee Yin has accused Rizal Mansor of continuing to lie about Betty Chew and her rejection of the post of the property services committee head of the Penang Chinese Chambers of Commerce (PCCC) in 2015.

In the ongoing spat between the Selangor assemblywoman and the prime minister’s aide, Yeo referred to a comment by Rizal yesterday that Chew, who is the wife of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, only rejected the post due to criticisms.

“This is another lie. Betty Chew rejected the proposal quickly after being informed of the proposal.

“Nevertheless, with the same logic, why didn’t Rosmah Mansor resign as the patron of Permata after so much criticisms?” Yeo said, also questioning why Rosmah does not respond to criticms by herself instead of having Rizal speak on her behalf.


Rosmah, forget your handbag, show us Permata’s accounts

YOURSAY | ‘We want to know how Permata spent those hundreds of millions allocated to it.’

I don’t put Permata funds in my handbag, Rosmah says again

Donplaypuks: Please make public Permata audited accounts for 2009-2016.

Also, please confirm via a statutory declaration that no founder’s fee, commission, salary and benefits, director’s and/or consultancy or management fees were paid to you or to any of your companies or businesses or to any company or business entity headed by any of your family members or nominees. Or any donations made to any foundation or non-profit organisation headed or involving you.

Will you dare do that? Permata received over RM700 million between 2009-2016 from overgenerous budgets under the Prime Minister’s Department of Najib Razak.

The rakyat are entitled to ask for transparency and accountability where public funds were handed out.

Victor Johan: Rosmah said, “Please. Whatever you read in social media is not true. This is my opportunity to explain my side of the story.”

Rosmah, you surely know that you are not explaining anything. You are merely making a denial in an environment where nobody can ask you anything anyway.

If you really want to explain, then hold a dialogue session where you can be questioned and where you can answer only to explain. Do you dare to hold such a session?

Clever Voter: Why single out Rosmah when half the population voted for the government?

Besides she is part of the rent-seeking culture that many have benefitted, both material wealth and status. There are easily thousands that have no hesitation to do selfies with her, and many waiting for crumbs and handouts.

Blogsmith: This is one statement which nobody can say it is a lie. Is that the reason for specifically mentioning putting money in the handbag rather than using money for personal use?

20 March 2017

Rosmah told to emulate Guan Eng’s wife, quit Permata

The prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor has been told to emulate Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s wife, and step down as Permata patron.

Damansara Utama assembly Yeo Bee Yin said this today in the ongoing verbal volley with Rosmah’s aide Rizal Mansor, in which the latter has made Lim’s wife Betty Chew the latest target.

“Rizal once again dragged a non-related person into the Permata discussion.

“It is amusing that he compared Chew to Rosmah Mansor.

“Didn’t Rizal know that Chew rejected the proposal to be appointed into the committee of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC)?

“In addition, PCCC is a trade organisation, and not even a government agency (like Permata),” said Yeo in a statement.

Rizal last Saturday claimed Chew’s role in PCCC was similar to Rosmah’s in the controversial Prime Minister’s Department programme for children Permata, which has come under scrutiny for a failure to reveal its books.

“Are you aware that the chief minister’s wife has ever been elected as the head of the PCCC?

“I am not sure if she received any allowance or gratuity, but who is she to be elected as someone important in the PCCC, if she were not the chief minister’s wife?” asked Rizal in a statement.

‘Ignorant or lying?’

In January 2015 the mainstream media made an issue of Chew being named on the committee of the Chinese trade organisation, following which Lim explained his wife had rejected the offer.

Yeo ticked Rizal off for not revealing the whole picture on the PCCC matter.

“It’s either that Rizal did not do his homework, or he is shamelessly telling lie to defend his boss.

“In any case, now that Rizal has brought Betty Chew into the discussion, may I suggest Rosmah to learn from Betty Chew and resign from Permata?” said Yeo.

16 March 2017


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Rosmah’s aide retaliates, ropes in ‘s graft case

As the war of words between Rosmah Mansor’s aide and a DAP assemblyperson continues, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is becoming collateral damage.

In his latest retort, Rizal once again mentioned Lim, raising the latter’s corruption case.

“Is there not a single DAP assemblyperson in Penang who is qualified to be made chief minister to replace Lim, who has been charged over allegations of corruption?

“Is this not an insult to DAP assemblypersons?” he asked.

He also accused Yeo of ridiculing Permata to save herself after coming under fire from the DAP leadership for praising the agency in the past.

“Have to work hard. Must show ‘tokong’ to ensure (Yeo’s) name remains (in DAP’s candidates list) for the next general election.

“Whatever said and done, she has acknowledged that Permata, under the patronage of Rosmah, has been successful,” Rizal added.

The term ‘Tokong’ is often used by Lim’s critics, who accuse him of running Penang with an iron fist.


DAP: Rosmah’s Permata role not about qualifications

March 16, 2017

Yeo Bee Yin defends her call for prime minister’s wife to step down, following criticism from PM’s aide Rizal Mansor.


PETALING JAYA: Selangor assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin says an aide to Prime Minister Najib Razak has missed the point of her statement yesterday on asking Rosmah Mansor to step down as patron of Permata.

Yeo said there was never any questioning of Rosmah’s qualification nor credentials.

“The aide, Rizal Mansor, had said that Rosmah’s academic qualifications made her suitable to be the patron of Permata. In fact, the question of who should be the patron of Permata should not arise in the first place.

“I reiterate, early childhood education development should not be under the prime minister’s department. It should be under the education ministry and the women, family and community development ministry, as they are better equipped and have more expertise and experience in this field,” Yeo said, adding that there was also no need for a patron for any government agency.
Yeo, who is also DAP social media strategist, said that being the patron has nothing do with qualifications.

“If academic qualification is the measure of whether a person is qualified to be the patron, is he saying that among all civil servants in the two relevant ministries, there is no one more qualified than Rosmah for the position? This is a huge insult to the civil service in Malaysia.

“The only reason that Rosmah Mansor is the patron of Permata is that she is the wife of the prime minister. If one goes to the website of Permata, it is not difficult to spot that the centre of attention on the website is Rosmah Mansor instead of the children,” Yeo said.

16 March 2017

Don’t compare me with Rosmah, says Guan Eng

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he should not be compared with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor, who was not elected to her post.

“There is a difference between me and Rosmah. I am holding the post as chief minister, I became the chief minister after being elected by the people.

“Rosmah was not elected by the people. She obtained her position by marrying Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak,” Lim told a press conference at Komtar today.

He was responding to Rosmah’s aide Rizal Mansor, who roped in Lim when responding to DAP assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin, who wanted the prime minister’s wife to relinquish her post as the patron of Permata.

15 March 2017

Aide: ‘Masters in sociology’ Rosmah qualified to helm Permata

Rosmah Mansor’s educational background makes her qualified to be the patron of Permata, said her aide Rizal Mansor.

He also criticised DAP assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin for asking the wife of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to relinquish her post.

Accusing Yeo of making the statement “without thinking and conducting proper research”, he said Rosmah holds a degree in sociology and anthropology as well as a masters in sociology.

“Surely, her expertise in the field of sociology shows her ability to steer Permata towards excellence,” he added in a media statement this evening.

“If you wish to do a comparison on who is qualified to hold what post, why not ask (Penang chief minister) Lim Guan Eng if he is an expert in water research since he has been appointed as non-executive director of Penang’s Water Supply Corporation,” he added.

Taking aim at the DAP lawmaker, Rizal asked Yeo to enrol in a Permata class to understand what a patron does.

“MPs should read more so that they will not become shallow leaders.

“For the knowledge of DAP leaders, a patron in an organisation does not have any executive powers nor makes decisions,” he said.

Rizal said Permata as an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department is strictly regulated with regards to its expenditure.

As such, any accusations that Permata funds had been utilised by Rosmah were unjustified, he said.

15 March 2016

Quit as Permata patron if you can’t handle scrutiny, Rosmah told

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor should relinquish her position as the patron of Permata if she is unable to handle public scrutiny, said DAP state assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin.

“Rosmah has time and again made herself sound like a victim of public scrutiny over the management of a government agency and taxpayers’ monies.

“I would like to suggest her to resign as the patron of Permata if she can’t take the heat of scrutiny and meet the request for accountability and transparency,” she added in a media statement.

I don’t put Permata funds in my handbag, Rosmah says again

Rosmah Mansor, who is the patron of Permata, has once again denied abusing funds allocated for the programme for her personal use.

She also urged all quarters not to question or cast aspersion on the Permata programme as it is beneficial to the people.

“This programme is for the rakyat. Nothing to do with me. I don’t take the money and put it in my pocket. Not in my handbag. You can check.

“Do you think it is easy to obtain funds from the government. It is easy for the government to take our money, but when we ask (for funds), it is difficult.

“There is no way I can put the money in my handbag, no way,” said the wife of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak during a speech at an event in Kuala Lumpur this evening.

“Do not politicise the Permata programme. We (at Permata) never ask what party your father belongs to, or say this and that party cannot enter… We don’t do such things.

“Please. Whatever you read in social media is not true. This is my opportunity to explain my side of the story,” she added.

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