Mendaki launches two centres in the heartlands to improve reach

TWO Mendaki satellite centres were launched in Pasir Ris and Woodlands on Saturday, so that residents in the northern and eastern parts of Singapore can get better access to social services and programmes.

They will also allow the Malay-Muslim community self-help group to have a better understanding of the community's needs and act as outreach posts for collaborations with neighbouring agencies.

"It will certainly bring us closer to the ground, and it will reduce the barriers for those who are in need and have to make the journey to (Mendaki's headquarters in) Siglap," said Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, the Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs and chairman of Mendaki.

He officiated the event at Block 253 Pasir Ris Street 21 where the east centre is located. The other is at Woodlands community centre.

Dr Yaacob was accompanied by Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC MP Zainal Sapari and Mendaki chief executive Moliah Hashim, watched a skit and singing performance and then toured the new facility.