The First Lady of Malaysia was educated at Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan, and then went on to pursue a B.A (Hons) in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Malaya. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah has an MSc in Sociology and Agriculture Extension from the Louisiana State University, USA.
She has worked with Bank Pertanian and Island and Peninsular Berhad, Kuala Lumpur.
Her special area of interest is children’s education, and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor initiated the Permata Negara early-childhood programme in 2007 which has seen the setting up of 500 early childhood learning facilities across the country. These schools have given pre-school children from Malaysia’s most marginalised communities a chance to enter a structured education system at the earliest possible opportunity.
To complement this programme, she has also launched the gifted children’s programme, Permata Pintar. Another programme, Permata Seni, trains talented students in the performing arts.
Malaysia’s First Lady also lend hers support to other causes and is the President of The Welfare Association of Minister’s Wives (BAKTI), Patron of the Malaysia AIDS Council, Patron for Children in Hope Foundation Malaysia and the Patron of Yayasan Pembangunan Anak Yatim/Miskin (Foundation for Orphans/Poor Children).
MALAYSIA Country profile
Under 5 mortality rate (per thousand): 6
Youth literacy rate: 98% (male) and 98% (female)
Population under 18: 9,672,000