Rosmah Mansor

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Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Paduka Seri
Hajah Rosmah binti Mansor
Rosmah Mansor Speech.jpg
Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Binti Mansor
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 April 2009
Monarch Mizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Preceded by Jeanne Abdullah
Chancellor of University Industry Selangor
In office
February 2006 – February 2011
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad bin Raja Tun Uda
Personal details
Born Rosmah binti Mansor
(1951-12-10) 10 December 1951 (age 62)
Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Federation of Malaya
Spouse(s) Abdul Aziz Nong Chik
Najib Razak (m. 1987)
Children Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz
Azrene Soraya Abdul Aziz
Nooryana Najwa Mohd Najib
Nor Ashman Mohd Najib
Alma mater Tunku Kurshiah College, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
University of Malaya, Planetshakers
Louisiana State University, USA
Religion Sunni Islam
Website www.pmo.gov.my/datinrosmah

Datin Seri Hajah Rosmah binti Mansor[1] is the spouse of the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia, .[2]

Rosmah was married to Mohd Najib in 1987, when Najib was the UMNO Deputy Youth Chief and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Early life[edit]

Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and wife Rosmah Mansor with Rosy Senanayake in Colombo during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013.

Born in Kuala Pilah on 10 December 1951, Rosmah was later brought up in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. She had secondary education in Tunku Kurshiah College (TKC), Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. Rosmah holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Malaya where she graduated from in 1974 and a Masters Degree in Sociology and Agriculture from Louisiana State University where she graduated from in 1978. Both her parents were educators. Her mother hails from Kampung Mertang, Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan.

She later worked as an executive with Bank Pertanian until 1983 and subsequently as a business development manager with Island and Peninsular Bhd, a property developer company until 1987.[3]

She married Najib Tun Abdul Razak in 1987 and the couple have two children.

A biography about her was soft-launched by the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah on 10 December 2012. The biography has 164 pages and is written in an informal and relaxed tone.[4] It is written by Siti Rohayah Attan and Noraini Abdul Razak and is slated to be published in January 2013.[5] Yayasan Amanah Perdana Malaysia chairman Shamsulbahrin Ludin, the book's publisher, said the biography will tell about Rosmah Mansor's life from her childhood to the present, which includes her life at Tunku Kurshiah College and her involvement in community work. It also includes some facts that have never been told to anyone. It also includes a special chapter where Rosmah addresses the public rumours surrounding her life and involvement in current events.

Criticism[edit]

Rosmah has been the subject of criticism on the Malaysian blogosphere, with critics focusing on her alleged reputation as a spendthrift and dominance over Najib's political and social agenda.[6] She has been photographed with designer handbags including numerous Birkins and expensive jewellery,[6] which have attracted criticism from opposition politicians. US Jeweller Jacob and Co has countered allegations that Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor bought a diamond ring worth RM24 million from it in 2011 with documentation proving the item was sent back to the US.“The reason Madame Rosmah Mansor’s name was on the House Airway Bill is because to ship a valuable into Kuala Lumpur, the item has to be in the care of a local Malaysian,” he said.[6]

Involvement in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu[edit]

A statutory declaration was made by the editor of Malaysia Today, Raja Petra Kamarudin that Rosmah was one of those present during the disposal of the murdered woman's body which indicated her direct involvement in the murder but till this day, no definitive action has been taken because of her relationship to the then deputy prime minister.

New York Times Ad on Rosmah[edit]

A two-page spread in the New York Times on 16 April 2010, on the last day of Prime Minister Najib Razak's visit to the US, to congratulate Rosmah on her being conferred a little-known International Peace and Harmony Award. The ad welcomed Rosmah as Malaysia's "First Lady" to New York, and carried the message: “In recognition of your effort to promote peace, harmony and understanding among the people of Malaysia and your courageous acts in making a difference to the lives of people and children around the world. Malaysia is proud of you.” It was signed off: “Best wishes from family and friends in USA and Malaysia.”

It has also been noted that while Rosmah was prominently featured in the ad in a respected and established newspaper, US media coverage of Najib’s visit and meeting with US President Barack Obama was scant.[7]

The New York Times (NYT) retracted its earlier statement that an advertisement in its paper, congratulating Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for an award, was placed by the Malaysian government. NYT director of public relations Abbe Serphos said in an e-mail sent out on 1 June, "In our internal systems the ad was reserved as a Government of Malaysia ad, but in fact the ad was not placed by the Government of Malaysia. The ad was signed by 'Family and friends in the USA and Malaysia.'"[8] The cost of such advertisements are in the ranges from US$180,000 to US$230,000.[9]

Shopping Spree[edit]

In the Sydney Morning Herald, columnist Andrew Hornery called Rosmah the "first lady of shopping", allegedly for spending A$100,000 (RM325,000) at a Sydney boutique. According to the column, Rosmah and Najib had during the holiday stayed at the A$20,000 (RM65,100) a night penthouse (right) at the newly minted five-star Darling Hotel.[10] However, Najib Razak has dismissed reports that his wife had spent RM325,000 on a shopping spree in Sydney and said it was a wildly exaggerated story deliberately fabricated to affect people's perception of their leaders through Twitter.[11]

Earlier, it was alleged that Rosmah bought US$24 million (RM77 million) diamond ring. Philip Nassimi, the director of fine jewellery of Jacob & Co, backed Rosmah's version of events that a diamond ring was indeed shipped under her name to Kuala Lumpur, but that was for the purpose of showing the ring to Maira Nazarbayev, whose son is engaged to Rosmah and Najib Tun Razak's daughter. The ring, after being viewed by Maira, was shipped out of Kuala Lumpur soon after and reached New York in May 2011.[12] On 4 October 2011, Nazri Aziz, minister in the prime minister's department told Parliament that no payment had been made on a US$24 million (RM77 million) ring linked to the prime minister's wife and the Royal Malaysian Customs confirmed that the ring was "returned" after "a few days" to the company that owns it.[13] Rosmah has also caused a stir by appearing in public countless times clutching at least 11 Birkin handbags in different colours.[14][15][16]

Japan's Quake-Tsunami comment[edit]

When asked to comment on 2011 Japan's quake-tsunami disaster, wife of Malaysian Prime Minister, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said that it is a result of negligence in conducting environmental-friendly developments.

"To me, this is a lesson to other countries, that in everything they do or in whatever development they plan, they should study the surrounding environment and connect it with climate change and green technology," she told private news channel Astro Awani.

A video clip of Rosmah airing her view instantly became viral among internet users, circulating in sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and being met with sarcastic comments from viewers.[17]

Academic and social awards[edit]

On 11 February 2012, Rosmah was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Curtin University, Australia. The award was given to her because of her contribution especially on the early child education program Permata Negara.[18] There was immediately public furore after the university announced its intention of awarding Mansor with the honorary degree.[19]

"First Lady of Malaysia" title[edit]

Rosmah had caused controversy over the title of "First Lady of Malaysia". During the premiership of her husband, Rosmah widely used the title of "First Lady". However, many quarters either argue that it is reserved for the Raja Permaisuri Agong, or that it should never be used at all due to Malaysia not being a republic. The title 'First Lady of Malaysia' drew ire from certain public quarters, for they claimed that such status is not official.[20][21] A new unit was established within the Prime Minister's Department with the acronym F.L.O.M (First Lady of Malaysia) Unit. Datuk Siti Azizah binti Sheikh Abod was the Special Officer for the unit.[citation needed] The news on FLOM was widely covered by many bloggers with their own stories and analysis. The government webpage containing the information of the contacts in the FLOM department was removed a few days after being criticised by the public.[22]

Inaugural First Ladies Summit[edit]

On 11–13 October 2010, Malaysia hosted the inaugural First Ladies Summit in Kuala Lumpur[23] with Rosmah listed as one of the First Ladies,[24] which focuses on ways in which families, communities and governments can work together to uncover the potential in every child. Fifteen first ladies attended the summit themed, 'A Child Today, a Leader Tomorrow'.[25] The summit sparked public outcry for its perceived poor attendance.[citation needed] Zuraida Kamaruddin, Member of Parliament for Ampang, criticised the perceived wastage of public funds amounting to RM24 million which she claimed could be put to better use. Despite negative response by the opposition, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon praised the inaugural First Ladies Summit for its efforts in securing the welfare of the children.[26]

Hari Raya Puasa[edit]

On 2011 Hari Raya Puasa, Rosmah became the first prime minister's wife in Malaysian history to have own special slot on television broadcast to deliver her Hari Raya speech. Prior to this, only the prime minister had given this sort of speech over television. Rosmah was alleged to be more powerful than her husband. The matter was questioned and criticised widely by the opposition.[27]

Honorary degree[edit]

On 11 February 2012, Rosmah was conferred the honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Australia's Curtin University in recognition of her efforts in the development of education, particularly children's education through the Permata Negara programme.[28] Many Malaysians objected to Rosmah getting an honorary doctorate.[29] Rosmah had been accused of buying the honorary degree, however it was never proven. Curtin University has faced online criticism since it gave an honorary degree to the Malaysian premier's wife,[30] given the reports of Rosmah's excessive shopping sprees. The reports of excessive spending include a A$100,000 spending at one Sydney fashion boutique in January 2012,[31] a US$24 million diamond ring and a US$200,000 designer handbag.[32]

Misuse of government's private jet[edit]

On 10–14 November, Rosmah Mansor's controversial trip to Qatar using the government-funded private jet has caused an uproar, but news reports and photographs on her website show it had been four busy days for the prime minister's wife's entourage.[33] Pengerang MP Azalina Othman, who accompanied Rosmah Mansor during a women's summit in Qatar, which the prime minister's wife had gone on in a private jet, admitted that the invitation to attend the summit was extended to Rosmah in her personal capacity and not to the government. Shahidan, minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the trip was approved by the cabinet at a meeting chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and that Rosmah was representing Malaysia.[34] The minister said most MPs are thankful to Rosmah Mansor for making a "fruitful" trip to Qatar.[35] Parliament was told earlier November 2013 that the use of executive jets by the government cost RM15 million for fuel and RM160 million for maintenance, with a single flight costing around RM470,000.[36]

Achievement[edit]

Rosmah 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, Thalasemia Association, Malaysian Medical Welfare Fund, 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.

She was installed as the first chancellor of University Industry Selangor (UNISEL). She served from February 2006 until February 2011 succeeded by Raja Tan Sri Arshad Bin Raja Tun Uda.[37]

PERMATA[edit]

Rosmah is active with the PERMATA project, a nationwide movement that strives for the development of early childhood education and care.good.

Rosmah strongly believes that human capital development begins with children and it is an important investment for the nation. This will lay a firm foundation for national growth, productivity, social cohesion, and peace. She has thus been actively engaged in driving this initiative forward through the PERMATA project. Through her effort, to date, more than 600 PERMATA Negara Centers have been set up throughout the country.

This program has since been widened to include intellectually gifted children under the banner of PERMATA Pintar, aimed at providing appropriate enriched learning environment to challenge them to their fullest potential. This program offers two approaches, the annual school camp for children aged 9–15 and a school for gifted children aged 16–17 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. As for PERMATA Seni, the objective is to further develop the talents of children in the performing arts, e.g., music, choral singing, and dance.

While enrolled in PERMATA Insan, the gifted children are provided with an early exposure to the understanding of al-Quran and as-Sunnah, as a way of preparing them to be future Islamic intellectuals.

Recognition[edit]

Rosmah Mansor has been awarded numerous awards, title and recognition from local and overseas institution. One of the most prominent awards that she had received is the Peace and Harmony Awards from the Business Council for International Understanding from the United States of America on 17 April 2010.[38] This award was conferred to Rosmah Mansor by the former US Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger. The event was held at the famous St. Regis Hotel.[39]

On 2 March 2012, Rosmah was bestowed the Distinguished Service Medal from Stevens Institute of Technology president Dr. Nariman Farvardin in New Jersey, in recognition of her public service, especially in the areas of empowering women and gender equality, and the important role she plays in encouraging early education among Malaysians.[40]

Recently, she was conferred with the Honorary Life Member by the Women's Institute of Management (WIM).[41]

In December 2013, Centre for Economic and Leadership Leadership (CELD), recognised Rosmah Mansor's high commitment, role and initiatives on women and children's development by honouring her with 'Global Inspirational Leadership' award (GILa) at the Africa-Middle East-Asia Amazons Awards Gala in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Awards[edit]

The Federal and State Awards of YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor:

  1. (S.J.M.K.) Seri Paduka Jiwa Mahkota Kelantan
  2. (S.P.M.S.) Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor, 2005
  3. (S.P.M.K.) Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Kedah
  4. (S.S.D.K.) Darjah Seri Setia Diraja Kedah, 2006
  5. (S.S.A.P.) Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang, 2004
  6. (S.I.M.P.) Sri Indera Mahkota Pahang, 2003
  7. (S.P.D.K.) Sri Panglima Darjah Kinabalu
  8. (D.U.N.M.) Darjah Utama Negeri Melaka
  9. (S.P.T.J.) Darjah Seri Paduka Tuanku Ja'afar Yang Amat Terpuji
  10. (D.A.) Datuk Amar Bintang Kenyalang
  11. (Tok Puan Indera), as wife of inherited title Orang Kaya Indera Shahbandar
  12. The Honorary Doctorate in Education daripada University Technology MARA Malaysia
  13. The Honorary Doctorate of Innovation in Human Capacity Development daripada University of Lim Kok Wing Malaysia, 2011[42]

Contributions[edit]

On 7 December 2013, UMNO President Najib Razak praised his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for her "good deeds" to the country. In his winding up speech at the general assembly, Najib highlighted two instances where Rosmah helped the country.

“I have never told this before. Two years ago, a Malaysian student was detained after he was suspected to be a spy by Egypt.

“I told my wife (Rosmah Mansor) to appeal to the then President Mubarak's wife. In two hours, the student was released.

“Then during Operation Pyramid in Saudi Arabia, we made an impossible request to get our students out without visa. She used her diplomatic connections and got them out. The Saudi government even offered two jumbo jets to help us extract our students," he said while delivering his closing speech at Umno's 67th annual general meeting in Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre today.[43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor Website". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Biography – Office of The Prime Minister of Malaysia". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Rosmah – the rousing rose Malaysian Mirror, 27 June 2009
  4. ^ Latiff, Rozanna (10 December 2012). "Biography of Rosmah launched". New Straits Times. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dr Mahathir: Rosmah's biography right avenue to rebut allegations". thestar.com.my. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Berthelsen, John (22 August 2014). "Malaysian PM's Wife Draws flak". Asia Sentinel. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Rosmah ad placed on govt's behalf
  8. ^ New York Times admits mistake
  9. ^ The Nut Graph – Rosmah ad placed on govt’s behalf
  10. ^ Dedicated follower of fashion – Rosmah Mansor
  11. ^ Najib: Rosmah shopping spree ‘a wildly exaggerated story’
  12. ^ NY jeweller clears Rosmah on ring purchase
  13. ^ US$24m ring returned after ‘a few days’, minister tells Parliament
  14. ^ No ring but what about the Birkin handbags, Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching asks Rosmah
  15. ^ Beg Rosmah: MP soal mengapa Nazri senyap
  16. ^ Rosmah's handbags: 'Is Nazri's silence an admission?'
  17. ^ Malaysian PM's wife: Japan's tragedy due to negligence
  18. ^ NST.com . [1] "Australia's Curtin University confers honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Rosmah"]. "New Straits Time", Malaysia, 12 February 2012, retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Uni Slammed Over Honorary Doctorate For Malaysian PM’s Wife". The Age 17 February 2012
  20. ^ "First Lady: To be or not to be". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  21. ^ Razak, Aidila. "Najib: 'First Lady' not higher than the queen". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  22. ^ First Lady Of Malaysia Division – latest addition to PM's Dept?.
  23. ^ "The First Ladies Summit 2010". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Malaysia - firstladiessummit.org". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  25. ^ First Ladies Summit ends today with Rosmah's speech
  26. ^ "UN praises Malaysia for Initiative". Borneo Post. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "PAS veep questions Rosmah's Raya TV slot". The Malaysian Insider]. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Curtin honours Rosmah". New Straits Time Malaysia. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  29. ^ Woon, Leven (17 February 2012). "Rosmah, Curtin controversy hits Aussie papers". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  30. ^ Hare, Julie (29 February 2012). "Curtin honorary degree for Rosmah Mansor sparks social media revolt". TheAustralian. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  31. ^ Hornery, Andrew (29 December 2012). "Private Sydney: a look back at 2012". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "Australian university slammed over Malaysian award". AFP. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  33. ^ Fashion gala part of Rosmah's private jet trip
  34. ^ Rosmah's Qatar trip personal, jet approved by DPM
  35. ^ Shahidan: MPs 'thank' Rosmah for 'fruitful' trip
  36. ^ Private gov't aircraft trips cost RM470k per flight
  37. ^ "Rosmah Installed As First Unisel Chancellor". Bernama. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  38. ^ Bernama. "Rosmah Receive BCIU Award", "Bernama", Malaysia, 17 April 2010, Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  39. ^ Eylanbekov, Sergey. "Commission, Awards and Exhibition", "SE Sergey Eylanbekov" , United States of America, 25 August 2010, Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  40. ^ "Rosmah bestowed highest award by US varsity". New Straits Time Malaysia. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  41. ^ Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor website
  42. ^ The Federal and State Awards of YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor
  43. ^ Najib: Rosmah helped me twice

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