|Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Paduka Seri
Rosmah binti Mansor
|Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Bin Mansor|
|Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia|
9 June 2007
|Preceded by||Jeanne Abdullah|
10 December 1951 |
Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaya
|Spouse(s)||Najib Tun Razak|
|Children||Riza Shahriz, Azrene Soraya, Nooryana, Norashman|
|Alma mater||Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Louisiana State University, USA
Rosmah was married to Mohd Najib in 1987, when Najib was the UMNO Deputy Youth Chief and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Born in Kuala Pilah on December 10, 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 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. It is written by Siti Rohayah Attan and Noraini Abdul Razak and is slated to be published in January 2013. 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
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. She has been photographed with designer handbags including numerous Birkins and expensive jewelry, which have attracted criticism from opposition politicians.
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 the 17th of April 2010. This award was conferred to Rosmah Mansor by the former US Secreatary Lawrence Eagleburger. The event was held at the famous St. Regis Hotel.
On the 11th of February 2012, Rosmah Mansor was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Curtin University, Australia. The award was given to Rosmah Mansor because of her contribution especially on the early child education program Permata Negara. Curtin University Chancellor, Dr Jim Gill presented the award to Rosmah Mansor during the university convocation ceremony in Perth. Public backlash was immediately sparked after the university announced its intention of awarding Mansor with the honorary degree.
Also present in the ceremony was the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman, Malaysia's High Commission to Australia Salman Ahmad and also the Malaysia's Consul General to Perth Hamidah Ashari. More than 500 graduates including Malaysian student, received their degree.
"First Lady of Malaysia" title
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. 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. 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 criticized by the public. 
Inaugural First Ladies Summit
On October 11–13, 2010, Malaysia hosted the inaugural First Ladies Summit in Kuala Lumpur with Rosmah listed as one of the First Ladies, 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'. The summit sparked public outcry for its perceived poor attendance. Zuraida Kamaruddin, Member of Parliament for Ampang, criticized 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.
Hari Raya Puasa
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.
On February 11, 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. Many Malaysians objected to Rosmah getting an honorary doctorate. 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, 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, a US$24 million diamond ring and a US$200,000 designer handbag.
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.
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.
Rosmah is also the patron of KASIH, a welfare body that focuses on helping orphans and single mothers.
As a patron of KASIH, Rosmah ensures that the welfare body is well funded by corporate and individual sponsors. She also acts as a spoke person for the organization. The latest project of KASIH is to focus on urban poverty that have effected hundreds of families in major cities in Malaysia.
On March 2, 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.
Recently, she was conferred with the Honorary Life Member by the Women's Institute of Management (WIM).
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