SINGAPORE — The Malay community can look forward to a series of programmes that celebrates the contributions of their pioneers, said Minister for Communications & Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who is also the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs.

Following Singapore’s independence in 1965, many of these pioneers chose to remain and work with other communities to build the nation.

Dr Yaacob said yesterday (Mar 1): “I have asked both MUIS and Mendaki, and working with other Malay-Muslim organisations, to think of programmes in which we can do two things.

“One, to acknowledge their contributions, but more importantly, to tap on their experience, to bring about some kind of transfer between them and the younger generation.”

Dr Yaacob added: “Certainly the values which they live by, the kind of commitment that they had towards Singapore, and adopting the principles of meritocracy and multi-racialism… and how those can be passed on to the younger generation.

“This is something I have asked MUIS and Mendaki to think about as a series of programmes that we can conduct.”

Details of the programmes will be announced during the Committee of Supply Debate next week.

Dr Yaacob was speaking on the sidelines of a post-Budget Forum conducted in Malay. The forum was broadcast yesterday at 8.30pm on MediaCorp TV channel Suria.

During the forum, he addressed concerns from participants about the rising cost of living.

He assured them that the government has set up schemes to help Singaporeans, including families with young children, low-income families, and businesses.

Dr Yaacob also urged small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of schemes to help them adopt information and communications technology (ICT).

The government had announced a S$500 million boost for ICT initiatives in the Budget to help SMEs improve productivity. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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