‘Permata Negara nurtures our kids’

By MAZLINDA MAHMOOD | news@nst.com.my

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EARLY EDUCATION PROJECT: It helps produce quality human capital, says Rosmah

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Qaireen Ezora Ridwan, 4, has the attention of the prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, at the Permata Kemas gathering in Kuala Selangor yesterday. Pic by Roslin Mat Tahir

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TANJUNG KARANG: THE prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said the attention given by the government to the Permata Negara project is not because of her position as the patron.

It was because the government was aware of the need to produce quality human capital, she said. Therefore, Rosmah urged certain quarters to stop making such accusations as the programme’s primary intent was to educate children so that they would become assets to the country.

“The Permata Negara project is not for me as the prime minister’s wife, nor is it for anyone. It is for our children’s future.

“There have been many accusations levelled against me and the Permata Negara project. They are not true,” she said at a gathering of Permata Kemas nursery and kindergarten pupils and teachers here yesterday.

Present were Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Kemas director Hassan Mohd Amin.

Rosmah said she hoped the gathering, which was also attended by parents, would help explain questions and doubts about the Permata Negara programme.

To date, Permata Negara has 665 daycare centres, of which 354 are Permata Kemas nurseries. A total of 22,423 children have benefited from the programme.

Another 28 Permata Kemas nurseries will be opened next year.

 

 

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