PUTRAJAYA, Aug 10 (Bernama) - The Permata Pintar High School Programme for
gifted students under the tutelage of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia will be
expanded nationwide as the project has shown encouraging results, said prime
minister''s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
She said, however, the proposal would only be implemented depending on
whether it would get an allocation from the government.
Rosmah, who is patron of the Permata Negara programme, said the success of
the project was evidenced from accolades won by Permata Pintar and Permata Seni
Muzik students in international research and arts competitions.
"We have many smart and talented students, who find it difficult to adapt to
the normal education system.
"Hence, we are planning to expand this project to other states so that their
talent and intelligence will not be wasted.
"We want to ensure that these children get the best education and
facilities. However, we have budget constraint," she told reporters after the
prize presentation ceremony for Permata Pintar''s international award winners at
Seri Perdana here today.
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Nine winners from Permata Pintar and another from the Permata Seni Muzik
received medals from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for wining
international research and music competitions.
The recipients, included Amy Ng May Kay, who won a gold medal for her
research on an environmentally friendly home-based Zero Carbon Eco House at the
3rd APEC Future Scientist Conference in Taiwan in April and Nisa Addina Mohamad
Taufik, who won four gold medals at the 15th World Championship of Performing
Arts in Hollywood, United States in July.
Rosmah, who was proud of the achievements, hoped Permata Pintar and Permata
Seni Muzik students would continue to polish their talents in various fields to
bring glory to the nation.
"I have been questioned so much on what we (Permata) do with the budget.
You see where the budget goes. The success stories of Permata Pintar students
"All allocations are handled by the treasurer. I have nothing to do with all
these (allocations). I can assure you that the allocations given by the
government are well spent," she added.
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