Founding Members & Past Patrons

PERTIWI is a project-oriented charitable organisation that aims to address the welfare and needs of women and children in Malaysia. Since its establishment in 1967, PERTIWI has played a vital role in advocating for women’s rights, providing literacy skills and education awareness, offering medical aid to remote villages, sponsoring foster children’s education, and facilitating skills training for single mothers, among other programmes.

PERTIWI owes its success and growth to the dedication and leadership of its founding members and past patrons. The 10 founding members were visionary women who shared a common passion for social justice and community service. They laid the foundation for PERTIWI’s activities and initiatives. The three past patrons were distinguished ladies who graced PERTIWI’s journey with their guidance and support. They helped to raise PERTIWI’s profile and influence in society.

If you share PERTIWI’s vision and mission, we invite you to join or support us in various ways. You can become a member, a volunteer, a donor, or a partner of PERTIWI. You can also follow us on our social media platforms or visit our website for more information. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women and children in Malaysia.

Founding Members (10 persons)

  1. YBhg Datin Amnah Kamal
  2. YBhg Datin Asiah Ibrahim
  3. YBhg Puan Azah Aziz (Allahyarham)
  4. YBhg Datin Habibah Abdul Manan (Allahyarham)
  5. YBhg Dato’ Mazidah Zakaria
  6. YBhg Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Nik Safiah Haji Abdul Karim
  7. YBhg Puan Sri Datin Rugayah Abdul Rashid
  8. YBhg Dato’ Rahmah Abdul Hamid
  9. YBhg Puan Sri Datin Zaleha Abdul Jalil (Allahyarham)
  10. YBhg Datuk Zakiah Hanum Abdul Hamid


Since being established, three patrons had graced PERTIWI’s journey. They were:  
  1. Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Hajah Rahah bt Tan Sri Haji Mohd Noah (1972-1977)
  2. Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Hajah Suhailah bt Tan Sri Haji Mohd Noah (1977-1986)
  3. Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Hajah Endon bt Dato’ Mahmood (Allahyarham) (2000-2005)


  • 552 persons (as of 31 May 2012)
  • Founding members – 10 persons
  • Lifetime members – 49 persons
  • Members – 493 persons