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Mosques to help channel aid for needy

Published on Mar 25, 2014 9:48 AM
Dr Yaacob (right) speaking to beneficiaries who can now apply for aid at heartland sites, including the Al-Muttaqin mosque. With him is Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Intan Azura Mokhtar (middle). -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Each time Madam Noor Relah Hussain applied for education bursaries or programmes for her children, she would spend almost two hours taking a bus from her Toa Payoh flat to Mendaki's Siglap headquarters.

The administrative and laboratory assistant had to make the trip a few times each year.

But her journey times will be slashed to 15 minutes, after a tie-up between the Malay/Muslim self-help group Mendaki and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). The application for aid will be decentralised to several heartland locations, including the Al-Muttaqin mosque near her home, under a programme called Nadi Khidmat.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim, who visited the Ang Mo Kio mosque yesterday, said: "We know there are a lot of Malay/Muslim families out there who need help, who don't know how to navigate the complex social system that we have.

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