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Rosmah Wants More Islamic Scholars Created Under 'Permata Insan' Program

Last update: 06/08/2017
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BANGI, Aug 6 (Bernama) --The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor wants more Islamic scholars with expertise in the various fields to be created under the 'Permata Insan' Program so that the dignity of Islam can be elevated in the country.

She shared this dream and vision together with about 420 students of the Kolej Permata Pintar, Kolej Permata Insan and their families at a dialogue session at the 'Program Bual Santai:Kenali Anak Pintar Anda' at the National Permata Pintar Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) here today.

The session was moderated by the director of the National Permata Pintar Centre of UKM, Prof Datuk Dr Noriah Mohd Ishak.

Rosmah, who is also the patron of Permata, said the move was imperative as Malaysia was short of Islamic scholars and if there were any, many of them had migrated abroad.

"I often had discussions with professors at the Permata Pintar and Permata Insan at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Nilai, how we can churn out potential Islamic scholars who are noted and who are guided by the al-Quran and al-Sunnah from an early age. We do not merely want to churn out students to become imam or 'bilal' (mosque officials), but even more than that.

"Although there are subjects related to the Al-Quran being taught to the students, the students who are highly capable and smart in understanding must also have a balance in relating other subjects with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)," she said.

The cordial discussion with parents and guardians of the Permata Pintar children touched on the advantages of studying at the Kolej Permata Pintar and Kolej Permata Insan in terms of education and opportunities for further studies locally and abroad.

She said she was aware that students at the Permata Insan at USIM were highly capable and were smart in understanding, analysing and memorising the al-Quran in life and could develop the tradition of Islamic knowledge and bring about progress in knowledge and technology through unity of knowledge in the present world and hereafter.

Rosmah said Permata Negara and the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies (OCIS), University of Oxford were discussing to look at opportunities to create cooperation in churning out smart students who could achieve the status of intellectuals.

"I go to London not to 'enjoy' but to have discussions on how we can create opportunities and cooperate with OCIS and for the development of human capital among students at Permata Insan. We want to see the technology adopted by OCIS in creating laboratories at all Permata centres in the country," she said.

When asked by Muhammad Amir Rafiq Mohd Rafee Harith, a 13-year-old student at Permata Pintar, on Rosmah's dream for Permata within the next 20 years, the Prime Minister's wife said: "My dream is big. Through the cooperation of friends, professors and officials, I want to realise my dream to see that all of you become world class doctors, scientists or artists."

"This is my dream. I want all of you to work hard. I want you Amir, to work hard and think how to become a professional of world class. Get as much experience as possible, get as much job opportunities. Learn from the others just as Jack Ma had brought back many job opportunities to Malaysia.

"If the world has Jack Ma, then one day we will have Amir Ma," she said to loud applause from the audience.

To another question, Rosmah hoped that the 'Pusat Permata Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak' (Pusat Permata Child Care) would be created at the work place to help working parents to send their children who would be looked after by qualified caretakers.

"I feel sad when reading about news on infants and children dying due to choking on milk at private nurseries. I hope my proposals would be accepted soon," she said.

Currently, Permata Pintar has 387 students while Permata Insan has 185 students.