Mendaki names new chief exec

Ms Tuminah (top), who will move to the Culture, Community and Youth Ministry, will hand the top post to Ms Rahayu (left).
Ms Tuminah (above), who will move to the Culture, Community and Youth Ministry, will hand the top post to Ms Rahayu.
Ms Tuminah (top), who will move to the Culture, Community and Youth Ministry, will hand the top post to Ms Rahayu (left).
Ms Tuminah, who will move to the Culture, Community and Youth Ministry, will hand the top post to Ms Rahayu (above).

Director from Ministry of Social and Family Development will assume top post on Jan 1

A director from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has been appointed the chief executive of self-help group Mendaki.

Ms Rahayu Buang, 45, will assume the top post on Jan 1 next year, when current CEO Tuminah Sapawi, 56, moves to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Ms Rahayu currently oversees the family education and support division as well as the office for women's development at MSF.

She has spent 20 years in the ministry, tackling issues such as rehabilitation, protection, and family and women issues.

In a statement yesterday, Mendaki paid tribute to Ms Tuminah, who joined the organisation in December 2013 on secondment from MSF.

During her three-year term, Ms Tuminah spearheaded Mendaki's Education Review, where a committee of academics and professionals was set up to look at its education programmes.

The year-long review, which started in 2014, "laid the ground for Mendaki's multi-pronged efforts such as enhancing tutor development and improving parent education programmes", the self-help group said.

It noted that under her stewardship, Mendaki focused on upstream measures such as ensuring young children are ready for primary school. It expanded its Education Trust Fund scheme, which provides financial assistance for educational purposes, to include subsidies for parents with nursery-age children to encourage them to send their children to school.

Ms Tuminah also launched the Raikan Ilmu, or Celebrate Knowledge, campaign in June this year, which urged the Malay/Muslim community to embrace lifelong learning.

The campaign encouraged the public to donate second-hand books to Mendaki, and at the same time, pick up something they would like to read from book drops set up at Mendaki's events.

Beneficiaries of Mendaki's initiatives, such as students attending its tuition programme, were also encouraged to select a book to read.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline 'Mendaki names new chief exec'. Print Edition | Subscribe