Ramadan bazaar opens at Woodlands, while charity gets a boost at event

Customers browsing the stalls at a Ramadan bazaar located next to Woodlands MRT station.
Customers browsing the stalls at a Ramadan bazaar located next to Woodlands MRT station.ST PHOTO: AMANDA PHOON

SINGAPORE - Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan and other MPs from Sembawang GRC broke fast with Muslim residents on Saturday evening at the official opening of Bazar Raya Utara 2015.

The month-long night market next to Causeway Point in Woodlands is organised by grassroots leaders from the GRC, and its 120 stalls were thronged by residents from the neighbourhood as well as passers by looking for treats such as apam balek, vadai and nasi bukhari.

Mr Khaw was among 50 non-Muslim MPs, community leaders and volunteers from the GRC who fasted yesterday, as part of fund-raising efforts for the building of the new Yusof Ishak Mosque in Woodlands.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower and MP for Marsiling ward said the GRC aims to raise $100,000 for the mosque through donations, a walk-a-jog, and donating a vegetable harvest to charitable and voluntary welfare organisations.

"This is also a time for reflection and giving alms as we feel the hunger of the poor in the community. The spirit of sharing is even more evident during Ramadan," he said in a speech at the opening event.

Local spice manufacturer House Brand also launched a cookbook at the event and donated $12,000 to self-help groups Sinda and Mendaki, and the mosque.