SINGAPORE- Malay Members of Parliament (MPs) from the People's Action Party have donated $15,000 to the Muslim Youth Forum (MYF) in recognition of the social impact of their work.
The PAP MPs have made it an annual tradition of making such donations during the holy month of Ramadan and choose a different organisation to grant the money to each year.
On behalf of the 12 MPs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs, presented the cheque to MYF at a ceremony on Friday (June 9)at their headquarters along Arab Street.
Dr Yaacob said: "They are not just an organisation but a platform for youths and young people from all backgrounds to come together. This is a time when we should show support to our young people who are interested in doing something good.
"They have done a lot of good projects not only within the community but also beyond the community and so they deserve our support."
MYF, which has 50 volunteers, is a non-profit outlet that caters to the spiritual, social, psychological and physical needs of Singapore's youth today.
They bring in volunteers, aged between 15 and 35, from institutes of higher learning and community groups and allow them to use their skills to help the community.
For example, MYF connects volunteers who know about branding with charities and organisations which can use their expertise to put across brand messages more coherently.
Mr Shah Reza, 29, co-founder of MYF, said: "We are very grateful for this donation and we hope that we can use it to invite more enthusiastic volunteers to join us."
He added that the money will be channelled towards crafting programmes to empower more youth volunteers and leaders as well as getting them involved in courses to further help the community.
Dr Yaacob said: "They want to build a strong youth community in Singapore. Not just a Muslim community but a youth community in Singapore and I think that that's a noble effort in time for our next phase of SG100.
"MYF plays an important role building that resilience, that rootedness and really that whole issue of who we are as Singaporeans is an important part of their work."
Last year, the MPs donated $15,000 to the Southeast Mosque Cluster via NTUC U-Care.