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Centres help over 1,000 Malay families

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:59 AM
DPM Tharman (left) and Dr Yaacob at a community event yesterday which saw the official launch of four "Nadi Khidmat" centres. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

MORE than 1,000 Malay families living in Jurong and Ang Mo Kio have benefited from help centres set up to improve access to social services, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said yesterday.

He was speaking at the official launch of four "Nadi Khidmat" centres, which are based in mosques to tap their positions as hubs of activity in the community. The centres offer social and financial help, as well as provide referrals to other avenues of aid.

They are run jointly by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and Malay self-help group Mendaki. There are currently four centres located at the Al-Muttaqin mosque in Ang Mo Kio, the Assyakirin mosque in Taman Jurong, the Al-Ansar mosque in the Bedok-Chai Chee area, and the Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah mosque in Bukit Merah.

"It's a good sign that we're reaching out to over 1,000 families," said Dr Yaacob, who is Minister for Communications and Information and chairman of Mendaki. "They are from a group in the Malay-Muslim community who may not have known about Mendaki's programmes before this."

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