PAP RALLIES

'Progress of Malays reflects S'pore's success'

PAP East Coast GRC candidates (from left) Jessica Tan, Lee Yi Shyan, Lim Swee Say and Maliki Osman acknowledging the crowd after an election rally held at Bedok Stadium yesterday.
PAP East Coast GRC candidates (from left) Jessica Tan, Lee Yi Shyan, Lim Swee Say and Maliki Osman acknowledging the crowd after an election rally held at Bedok Stadium yesterday.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The Malay community's tremendous progress over the years is a reflection of Singapore's success, said Minister of State for Defence and National Development Mohamad Maliki Osman.

At the People's Action Party rally for East Coast GRC last night, he said: "The Malay community now has shown results that surpass those of the previous generation. This is the story of Singapore."

The community has excelled academically, with more Malays graduating with first-class honours, for instance.

The PAP cares for the community and will ensure that the future remains rich with opportunities, he said.

Dr Maliki, who was born in 1965, looked back on his own humble beginnings, growing up in a family of 11. "I have lived through Singapore's transformation. I have had a taste of living in a kampung, seen the start of rental flats and, later, moved into a home owned by my parents," he recalled.

And the Singapore success story is most clearly illustrated in its homes, with over 90 per cent of citizens now living in homes that they own. Malays, too, have benefited from this, said Dr Maliki.

And as home ownership is critical to building resilient families, the PAP will continue to help Singaporeans own their homes.

Already, the Government has offered a hand to families living in rental flats. The Fresh Start Housing Grant will help them buy their own two-room flats.

"Is this not a situation we can be proud of? Only in Singapore can we see those living in rental flats being given the opportunity to own their flats. Only in Singapore can we make this a reality," said Dr Maliki.

Earlier, East Coast GRC resident Yusuf Ali took to the stage and urged the Malay community to stand by the PAP.

"The PAP values the contributions of the Malay/Muslim community in Singapore. They are concerned about the issues we face," he said.

"Fifty years ago, Mr Lee Kuan Yew promised our citizens that Singapore would belong to everyone, regardless of race and religion. This is a promise that the PAP will keep alive," he added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2015, with the headline ''Progress of Malays reflects S'pore's success''. Print Edition | Subscribe