Three key strategies to strengthen the Malay/Muslim Community

Revision to Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy scheme (TTFS) income eligibility criteria among the upcoming efforts to strengthen the Malay/Muslim community.

08 Mar 2018

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim laid out three key strategies to strengthen the Malay/Muslim community during the Committee of Supply Debate on 8th March 2018.

Supporting families and children

Building a strong foundation by learning through play

MENDAKI will organise a second run of the MENDAKI Education Symposium and inaugural Playfest for pre-schoolers in April 2018. Playfest aims to generate awareness about the benefits of play, and provide parents with ideas on setting up age-appropriate stimulating learning environments at home.

Supporting the education of low-income Malay students

The Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy scheme (TTFS) is a key Government policy that supports the education of low-income Malay students. To allow more students to qualify for these subsidies, the TTFS income eligibility criteria will be revised as follows:

  • Students from households with a per capita household income (PCI) of $1,400 and below will receive 100% subsidy,
  • those with PCI between $1,400 and $1,700 will receive $75% subsidy, and
  • those with PCI between $1,700 and $2,000 will receive 50% subsidy.

MENDAKI will implement the change starting with students entering the first year of their IHLs in Academic Year 2018/2019.

Strengthening support for young couples

Under the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA), minor couples where one or both parties are below the age of 21 must complete a marriage preparation programme and obtain the consent of their parents/guardian before they apply for marriage with effect from 1st October 2018.

The Mandatory Marriage Preparation Programme is a customised programme for minor couples, which comprises of premarital consultations and marriage education workshops. About 200 minor couples are expected to benefit from the programme.

Strengthening socio-religious foundations

Supporting key institutions

Madrasah Wak Tanjong will benefit from MUIS’ Comprehensive Assistance Package, which includes an extension of its lease at the current premises, and Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah’s new campus is expected to be ready by 2020.

Nurturing Islamic teachers and scholars

The Islamic college in Singapore aspires to nurture asatizahs with a deep learning of Islam as well as critical thinking and broad-based skills that are rooted to the practice of Islam in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious context.

Asatizahs will also be nurtured and empowed to guide the community through growing and developing the Asatizah Youth Network (AYN). MUIS will grow and develop the AYN membership and conduct new drop-in sessions for youths at Al-Falah mosque over the next 5 years.

Building a future-ready community

Future-First programme & PMET Committee

The Future-First Programme (FFP) will be introduced to more ITEs, polytechnics and other youths. MUIS will also launch a Future-Ready Starter Kit in August 2018 on workplace expectations and strategies to remain relevant in the future economy.

More engagements by PMET Outreach Committee (POC) can also be expected to raise awareness on growth sectors.

Road to Digitalisation

Kampong Glam will be Singapore’s first digitally-enabled retail neighbourhood to help preserve the culture and heritage of the neighbourhood.

MENDAKI’s new Digital Transformation Department (DTD) has been set up to enhance processes and services of Malay/Muslim Organisations (MMOs) to better serve the community.

The Info-communications Media and Development Authority (IMDA) and the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI) will also work with Malay/Muslim SMEs to tap on the SMEs Go Digital programme to scale up their businesses, enhance their productivity, and go global through digital solutions.