SPENDING money on religious education will benefit the whole Muslim community, not just a few students in madrasahs, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said yesterday.
Dr Yaacob made the point to explain why, for the first time, money from the Mosque Building and Mendaki Fund (MBMF) is being earmarked to help improve the curriculum and teacher training at full-time Islamic religious schools here.Singapore has six madrasahs but only three have opted to come under the Joint Madrasah System (JMS), which means they will benefit much more from the fund.
Parliament is expected to approve changes to the law on Muslim affairs later this month, to allow for higher contributions to the MBMF and for it to be used for religious education. Depending on their income, Muslims will each give between $2 and $16 a month.
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