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TWO new measures were announced by the government to help the Malay-Muslim community shrink the income gap and increase its social mobility.
One will give tuition subsidies to Malay students at another four tertiary institutions: Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa), Yale-NUS College and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University.
The other will hand the Malay/ Muslim Community Development Fund a higher grant of up to S$2.6mil (RM6.7mil) a year to help more low-income families in their community. Currently, it is S$1mil (RM2.5mil).
These measures, announced by Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim last night, form the government’s first response to a landmark report on the community’s concerns and aspirations, submitted last month.
He asked for more time for him and other Malay-Muslim MPs to reflect on job discrimination.
Dr Yaacob, also the Communications and Information Minister, was speaking at the community’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri dinner at Sheraton Hotel, in an annual speech taking stock of its progress and charting its future direction. -The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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