New network of organisations to support Malay/Muslim drug offenders and families

SINGAPORE – A 74-year-old girl was instantly pressured to take care of her grandson, 20, after her son and daughter-in-law have been jailed for drug offences.

When volunteers from Family and Inmates ThRoughcare Assistance Haven (Fitrah) – a programme launched in 2019 to support inmates, former offenders and their families – reached out to Madam M to provide support in April final 12 months, she was initially hesitant.

Over a pair of months, because the volunteers helped her together with her medical appointments, Madam M, who has mobility points and suffers from power bronchial asthma, opened up to them.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim gave this instance when talking on the inaugural Malay/Muslim Organisations (MMO) rehabilitation network seminar on Monday (April 11).

Launched final November, the network consists of 37 organisations which work with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore Prison Service and Central Narcotics Bureau to support Malay offenders, ex-offenders and their families throughout rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

“By being there for Madam M, the (volunteers) not only supported her, but also enabled her to provide the necessary support to her son, who was recently released from prison,” stated Associate Professor Faishal.

Speaking to the organisations’ representatives on the occasion held on the MHA headquarters, Prof Faishal added: “This is one thing that we hope that every of you may obtain by your varied programmes.

“At the MMO rehabilitation network launch last year, we shared that we wanted to achieve greater collaboration and synergy amongst the different community partners so that we can provide better support to the offenders, ex-offenders, and their families.”

This new network is vital because the 26 MMOs and 11 M3 cities beneath it might hyperlink up to higher assist families resembling Madam M’s.

[email protected] is an initiative beneath the M3 programme – a tie-up between Mendaki, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the People’s Association Malay Activity Executive Committees Council – to serve the group.

In his handle, Prof Faishal famous that the quantity of drug abusers arrested final 12 months dropped by 11 per cent to 2,724, and that the quantity of Malay abusers final 12 months dropped by about 15 per cent to 1,279.

He additionally famous that the recidivism charges for the native inmate inhabitants inside two years of launch are at their lowest in 30 years.

“Such encouraging statistics could not have come about without the strong collaboration and teamwork between the Government and community partners like yourselves,” he instructed the organisations, including that extra collaborations among the many varied organisations beneath the network are inspired to higher support to ex-offenders and their families.

Mr Muhammad Asyraf Mustaffa, 28, who has labored at Majulah Community – a non-profit youth organisation and one of the organisations beneath the brand new network – for 3 years, stated the network permits organisations to faucet on each other for support.

He instructed The Straits Times: “We had the chance to meet with those who work at Assyakirin Mosque, which holds programmes to help those facing family violence. But they may require more training or understanding of how to connect with youth who are under such programmes, so that’s where we can help.”

“The formation of this network helps us connect with the organisations that are working towards the same causes. Through this, we can get the demographic of the youths who require the most support, which then allows us to shape our programmes to better help them,” he stated.

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