KUALA LUMPUR – May 22, 2018: Permata Kurnia hopes that the new Pakatan Harapan government will continue to finance the programme for the sake of autistic children.
Permata Kurnia is part of the Permata programme initiated by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to help enhance awareness of autism in the country.
There was a plan recently to build centres for pre-school education and early intervention for children in Malacca and Alor Setar.
“We are still waiting word from the new government to see if the programme will continue or be stopped.
“Our hope is that the government will retain the programme and agree to the expansion plan,” said the programme’s director Dr. Hasnah Toran.
She said parents who enrolled their children at existing centres were also hoping for a positive response from the government.
This sentiment was shared by netizens on Twitter.
Roslina Sahidin described Permata Kurnia as the best initiative for autistic children by the previous government.
“My son is autistic too. Even though I didn’t manage to get him into Permata Kurnia, I believe it is one of the best government sponsored intervention centres,” she said.
Shiau Lee echoed Roslina’s view.
“Permata Kurnia is indeed a good centre for autistic children. I hope they retain this place as it is wonderful and managed by great people,” she said.
Newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the Women Affairs Minister, today said that the government will not pull the plug on the Permata programme because it is good but added that it needed a review and an audit.
Rosmah yesterday expressed the hope that the government would not scrap Permata.