SINGAPORE - Madam Tuminah Sapawi's past experience in helping low-income Malay families will put her in good stead as the incoming chief executive of Mendaki, said chairman Yaacob Ibrahim.
The Minister for Communications and Information, and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs was commenting on the new appointment at Saturday's Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Awards.
Madam Tuminah, 53, a senior civil servant with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), takes over from the current Mendaki chief, Madam Moliah Hashim, 55, in December.
The mother of three will become the fourth woman to helm the self-help group.
"I'm confident that we can do a lot in Mendaki for our community," said Dr Yaacob.
"We have our primary focus in education and we want to do more. But we recognise that our Malay families are also important and we need to strengthen them."
Madam Tuminah is now the senior assistant director in the ComCare and Social Support Division under MSF, which she joined in 2008 when it was the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
A former journalist, her current areas of work include overseeing programmes and policies that help vulnerable Malay/Muslim families. She also saw through the setting up of Vista Sakinah, a centre which runs marriage preparation classes for remarrying couples. Madam Moliah has led Mendaki for four years.
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