Malay-Muslim Workers set to get more support!


Wah I tak tahu that Job Carnival ada happening macam gini!  

The other day, Kakak went to Wisma Geylang Serai (WGS) to see if I can buy some abayas for a wedding that I got invited to. But then ah, coincidentally, I saw that WGS got the Employment and Skills Carnival @ South East, then kakak go check out lah! 

So, what is the event about? 

Kakak found out that it is the first Jobs & Skills Carnival @ South East and it was to rally the Malay Muslim (MM) community to take action towards better lives and livelihoods. Akak saw these people lah; 

  • Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Health, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Adviser to Tampines GRC GROs 
  • Mr Desmond Tan, Minister of State (Prime Minister’s Office), Adviser to Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC GROs and Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) 
  • Mayor of South East District and Chairman of the FA4 Taskforce, Mr Fahmi Aliman 

& many more! 

Got these organisations that also helped to organise the event (all for our Malay Muslim kampong). It was powered by Maybank Singapore with support from;

  • National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) 
  • South East Community Development Council (CDC) 
  • NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute)
  • NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB)
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI)
  • People’s Association Malay Activity Executive Committees Council (PA MESRA)
  • Wisma Geylang Serai, Geylang Serai Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) 
  • key MM institutions such as Yayasan MENDAKI (“MENDAKI”), Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI)

Also got thematic zones at the carnival, curated to enable platform workers, women returners, youth and career-switchers to network and tap on training and placement opportunities offered. 

Also because usually Sunday is family day kan, the carnival also got some activity zones for families to experience learning through fun ways, like macam through e-sports! 

More importantly, Kakak witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) tau!

This MOU was signed between NTUC LearningHub, and the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMMCI) in a bid to  bolster employment prospects for Malay-Muslim workers in Singapore.

Photo: Berita Mediacorp

The MOU was signed by the President of SMCCI, Mr. Abu Bakar Mohd Nor (seated, left)  and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NTUC Learning Hub, Mr. Jeremy On (seated, right)  witnessed by the Minister for Muslim Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli. 

The signing of the MOU was also witnessed by the Deputy Secretary-General (Da Shuai Ge) of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Mr Desmond Tan and the Mayor of CDC South East, Mr Fahmi Aliman.

So people sign, what is the point? 

Please ah, you all thinking signing got no use is it? This marks a collaboration between the agencies. The focus is to provide: 

  1. mutual cooperation framework to provide the MM community, workforce and companies with a progressive career pathway complemented with a lifelong learning ecosystem, while tapping on available funding offered by the Government, the Labour Movement and SMCCI. 
  2. last-mile service delivery in their transition to growth sectors.

You can look forward to promising avenues for employment in industries such as F&B, retail and logistics, which are now in the spotlight you know! 

These efforts for the Malay-Muslim community go beyond just this MOU tau! 

FA4, is the fourth focus area of M3 , which looks at Employment and Employability. For example, just last year, MENDAKI signed an MOU with NTUC to expand partnerships to better support workers. Since then, MENDAKI and NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) have outreached to over 200 jobseekers to provide them with training and placement support. Steady lah!  

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