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Strengthening Partnerships for Strong and Stable Malay-Muslim Families

Strengthening Partnerships for Strong and Stable Malay-Muslim Families

About 300 family life educators, social service practitioners, Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), mosques, Government agencies and researchers participated in the Engaging Hearts & Minds Seminar 2015 today. Themed “Strengthening Malay/Muslim Families: Reframing Narratives, Anchoring Resilience”, the Seminar was organised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development in collaboration with the Registry of Muslim Marriages, Syariah Court and Yayasan MENDAKI.

The participants discussed various issues during the session, including ways that the social service sector can better support Malay-Muslim families as they face increasingly complex social and economic issues.

Speaking at the seminar, Guest-of-Honour and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said, “Understanding the families, their background, worldviews and values system is important as we work together to improve, inspire and strengthen the marriage and family life of the people we work with. And it is through greater understanding and a willingness to collaborate and journey together, that trust and mutual respect is built between the family and practitioner”.

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Annex A - Factsheet

  • The Engaging Hearts & Minds Seminar was first organised in 2010 to share strengths-based practices and tips to effectively support Malay/Muslim families.
  • Currently in its 4th edition, the seminar aims to provide a better understanding of the current trends and profile of Malay/Muslim families amongst participants.The event also serves as a common platform for participants to come together, share and discuss ways to work with and strengthen Malay/Muslim families through strengths-based practices and approaches. The programme of this year’s seminar is as follows:
9.00am – 1.00pm
Opening Address by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs

“Strengthening Malay/Muslim Marriages – Risk to Resilience” by Dr Mathew Mathews
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS)

“Marriage and Divorce in Islam – A Contemporary Look” by Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir
Deputy Director, Office of the Mufti, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)

“Supporting Malay/Muslim Families: Specialisation & Perspectives” by Ms Azita Abdul Aziz
Director, Specialised Services, Persatuan Pemudi Islam Singapura (PPIS)

Panel Discussion
• Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs 
• Dr Mathew Mathews, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS)
• Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Deputy Director, Office of the Mufti, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)
• Ms Maimunah Mosli, Principal Family Therapist, Persatuan Pemudi Islam Singapura (PPIS)
• Ms Anita Fam, Member, Families for Life Council (Moderator)

End of Seminar
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