A network made up of research units within the various Malay-Muslim organisations was recently formed, with the objective of creating a platform where knowledge and findings can be shared. The core members as of now comprise research units from Mendaki, AMP, PPIS, MUIS and IPS. There are also other member organisations that do not have designated research units but are interested parties as they are stakeholders on issues pertinent to the Malay-Muslim community.
Research on “Assessing the Landscape and Outlook of the Malay-Muslim Community (MMC) in Singapore” is a proposed project that will highlight the collaborative effort stemming from the Network. As part of this project, we intend to look at various issues impacting the community. The approach to examining each issue will first begin with a Closed-Door Discussion (CDD) with experts and practitioners. Being a CDD, Chatham House rule will be imposed during the discussions. A report will then be drafted post-discussion and published on the members’ websites. A similar copy will also be made available on a secured online platform, made only accessible to members of the Network for post-CDD discussions. These thoughts and ideas will eventually be collated and translated to a policy brief that can then be forwarded to the relevant ministries for their attention.
It is agreed by members of the Network that the issue of skills and employability be the first to be examined. One of the concerns initially discussed with regards to the topic is the perception that members of the MMC have not been fully utilising the SkillsFuture credit made available to them. For instance, an article in Berita Harian states that of the 126,000 workers who utilised the SkillsFuture credit in 2016, only 8.4% of them were Malays. Madam Halimah Yacob, the then Speaker of Parliament and now our President, stated that this is an under representation of the community.
This Closed-Door Discussion will bring together employees, employers, training providers, policymakers and academics representing the different areas of concern. Select speakers will first be invited to share their experiences and viewpoints as a means of germinating the ensuing discussion.
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