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Born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan on December 10th 1951, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor has come a long way from her home in the suburbs and her secondary schooling at the Tunku Khursiah College, a prestigious boarding school for bright Malay girls in Malaysia.

After completing her tertiary and higher education at University Malaya and Louisiana State University in 1974 and 1978 respectively, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor returned to launch her corporate career, putting to good use her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and her Masters degree in Sociology and Agriculture Extension. She served at Agriculture Bank Malaysia until 1983, and then took on the position of Business Development Manager at Island and Peninsular Berhad where she served until 1987.

Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor left Island and Peninsular to become a full time politician’s wife to Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abd Razak, knowing that the demands of her husband’s work dictates that she gives her home and family life as much care and attention as possible. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor was also keenly aware that she would have to gradually take on more public roles as she continued to give pivotal support to her husband’s political rise.

Today, as the wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor wears many hats. She 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, National Athletes’ Welfare Association and the Foundation for the Development of Underprivileged Children. She is also on the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), as well as the President of the Girl Guides Association.

Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor strongly believes that human capital development begins with children and it is an 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. She then started the nationwide movement on the development of early childhood education and care which focuses on children below 5 years. Through her effort, to date, more than 600 Permata Negara Centers have been set up throughout the country. This programme has since been widened to the Gifted and Talented Children with special abilities in the fields of academic and music named PERMATA Pintar and PERMATA Seni. The programme was further expanded to children with special abilities in spiritual aspects i.e. Permata Insan.

In recognition for her many contribution to the country and its people, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor has been conferred various awards from the States of Kedah, Melaka, Selangor, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Pahang. She was also awarded an honorary Doctorate in Education by University Technology MARA Malaysia.

Retrieved Jan 24, 2011, from http://www.pmo.gov.my/datinrosmah