Yaacob Ibrahim

Making a difference in the lives of others

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim greeting a congregant at Al-Mukminin Mosque in June last year. Noting the progress made by the Malay/Muslim community, the 62-year-old says: "Now, it's how we can push that even higher."
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim greeting a congregant at Al-Mukminin Mosque in June last year. Noting the progress made by the Malay/Muslim community, the 62-year-old says: "Now, it's how we can push that even higher."ST FILE PHOTO
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim trying out a new phone on a Tibs bus in 1998.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim trying out a new phone on a Tibs bus in 1998. ST FILE PHOTO

When Dr Yaacob Ibrahim became Acting Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs in 2002, there were no Malay/Muslims in the Government's elite Administrative Service.

Today, there are six.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Making a difference in the lives of others'. Print Edition | Subscribe