According to the General Household Survey, the number of Malay/Muslim in Professional, Manager and Executive (PME) positions has steadily increased by 6.6% since 2005. In 2010, it was reported that 27.8% of resident working Malays hold PME jobs. Despite this increase however, the total number of Malay/Muslim PMEs remains lower than those from other ethnic groups in Singapore, highlighting the need to keep encouraging upward social mobility in this demographic.
In a new initiative known as the Temasek Cares Career Rising Programme, Temasek Cares and MENDAKI SENSE (the training arm of Yayasan MENDAKI) came together to form a new mentoring programme to support Malay and Muslim workers from low-income families.
Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, announced the pilot programme on the 13th of February 2014, at SENSE College. The objective of the programme is to help identify workers from low-income families who are taking new responsibilities leading to PME jobs and provide them with support such as management skills training and vital mentorship, so that they may excel in their careers.
Since the commencement of the programme, 31 Malay/Muslim workers from low-income families have been recruited as mentees. They were successfully matched with mentors who include industry professionals as well as practitioners holding senior management positions from the Maritime, Education, Business and Law sectors.
Temasek Cares has committed an initial $425,000 to support this social mobility programme.