How Malays feel: Panel takes the pulse of the community

How Malays feel: Panel takes the pulse of the community
Suara Musyawarah chairman Sallim Abdul Kadir (centre) with vice-chairs Saleemah Ismail (left) and Alwi Abdul Hafiz.

SINGAPORE - At a Hari Raya gathering in late August last year, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim announced the formation of a committee to collect feedback on the needs, concerns and aspirations of Malays and submit a report within the year.

After listening to more than 500 community members at 35 focus group discussions held over six months, the Suara Musyawarah report was made public last month.

The minister will respond to these "conversations with the community" this week.

While Malays have made strides in education - more are passing and getting better grades in the PSLE, O and A levels, for instance - there are many areas where the community has lagged behind.

Referring to the latest 2010 census, the report points out that only 5.1 per cent of the resident non-student Malay population aged 15 and above had university degrees - compared to 23 per cent nationally.

The median income of Malay households in 2010, meanwhile, was $3,844 excluding employer's Central Provident Fund contributions, compared to a national median of $5,000.

And less than 3 per cent of Malay households lived in private property, compared to nearly 20 per cent of the overall resident households.

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