Home Briefs: Health campaign for Malay community

Health campaign for Malay community

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has rolled out updated health promotion initiatives for the Malay community.

These include health promotion in madrasahs, healthy living programmes at mosques, health calendars for Malay families and a smoking cessation programme - Ramadan I Quit.

To date, at least 1,800 madrasah students have benefited. The HPB has also trained 107 Student Health Ambassadors.

This year, the HPB aims to woo 2,000 smokers to its cessation programme, from last year's 1,500. It has distributed 30,000 health calendars, up from 3,000 last year. Last year, the HPB brought health screenings to six mosques. It aims to increase this number by 10 this year.

CEO for National Youth Council

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) will appoint Mr David Chua as chief executive of the National Youth Council from July 28.

He will be the council's first CEO after it was restructured in January as an autonomous agency under MCCY, housing two key institutions: Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore.

A colonel in the Singapore Armed Forces, Mr Chua will also assume the chairmanship of *Scape.

An armoured infantry officer by vocation, he has held key appointments over 22 years of service, including commander of the 8th Singapore Armoured Brigade.

12 months' jail for sex with minor

An odd-job labourer was sentenced to 12 months' jail yesterday for having sex with a girl half his age.

Xavier Lee Wei Jie, 24, admitted to one count of sexual penetration of a minor. The pair had met through mutual friends at West Mall in Bukit Batok on Mar ch 17. They later had unprotected sex at Lee's flat. The victim later told her family members, who lodged a police report.

For sexual penetration of a minor, Lee could have been jailed 10 years and fined.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2015, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe