Outreach boost for Malay-Muslims

SINGAPORE - Outreach to needy Malay-Muslim families will be improved next year, when a joint programme between Mendaki and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) is rolled out.

Under the Nadi Khidmat@Mosques programme, self-help group Mendaki's heartland centres will work with mosques under Muis' Enhanced Mosque Cluster.

They will reach out to the needy through mosque programmes, house visits and neighbourhood activities.

"This will also allow vulnerable families to be referred to relevant national agencies, such as the Social Service Offices, in a more coordinated manner," Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said in a written parliamentary reply to Aljunied GRC MP Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap yesterday.

The Workers' Party MP had asked what follow-up plans there were, after recommendations made in the Suara Musyawarah committee report.

The committee, formed last year to gather feedback on the thoughts, concerns and aspirations of the Malay-Muslim community, submitted a report to the Government in July.

Dr Yaacob added that Mendaki and Muis will provide further details of the new initiative, and submit an annual progress report.

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