KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 ― The “Lead by Example” award for Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was postponed to next year owing to “intervention” by two US news groups, said the press secretary to the prime minister.
Datuk Seri Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad said the prime minister’s wife had earlier been informed by Irina Bokova, the director-general of Unesco, that she would be receiving the award at an event co-hosted by the organisation.
“On 18 September 2016, Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations received an email from Professor Tudor Parfitt, Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the Organising Committee of the Tribute to Contributors to the Global Campaign against Violent Extremism.
“Professor Parfitt stated that the award would be deferred to 2017 because of what he called ‘interventions’ from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times regarding the funding of Permata,” he said in a statement.
Rosmah is the patron of Permata, a foundation under the Prime Minister’s Department dedicated to children and family welfare.
Tengku Sarifuddin today confirmed that Permata was fully funded by the Malaysian government.
Last week, national news agency Bernama reported that Rosmah was to receive Unesco’S “Lead by Example” award in conjunction with the 71st United Nations General Assembly.
The award was cancelled at the last minute, according to media reports.
Tengku Sarifuddin said neither Rosmah nor Malaysia had applied for the award.
He added that the prime minister’s wife has since decided to decline the award to avoid further distractions from her work with Permata. – Malay Mail Online