Mendaki to get new CEO from January

Madam Rahayu Buang, 45, will be chief executive of self-help group Mendaki on Jan 1, 2017.
Madam Rahayu Buang, 45, will be chief executive of self-help group Mendaki on Jan 1, 2017. PHOTO: MSF

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

Ms Rahayu Buang, 45, will assume the top post on Jan 1 next year (2017), 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 on Friday (Nov 18), Mendaki also paid tribute to Ms Tuminah, who joined the organisation in December 2013 on secondment from MSF.

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

The review "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.