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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has offered his condolences to Madam Zainab Khamis, whose husband, Mr Abu Bakar Maidin, passed away on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has offered his condolences to Madam Zainab Khamis, whose husband Mr Abu Bakar Maidin passed away on Tuesday aged 86.
Haji Abu Bakar, who was the special adviser and former president of welfare group Jamiyah Singapore, died of pneumonia. He served as the president of Jamiyah from 1970 to 2010.
During his lifetime, Haji Abu Bakar received many awards for his contribution and service to the community, including the President’s Social Service Award.
In his letter, PM Lee noted that as a stalwart of the Malay community, Haji Abu Bakar had devoted his life to the less privileged in Singapore.
He built up Jamiyah from modest beginnings to become a well-respected and well-run organisation offering a comprehensive range of social services.
Believing that education was key to improving lives, he set up many education centres to develop the potential of young Singaporeans.
Haji Abu Bakar championed inter-religious harmony, and forged a strong partnership between Jamiyah and the Singapore Buddhist Lodge Foundation to help the needy.
As president of the Inter-Religious Organisation, he also made a significant contribution to racial harmony.
Concluding his letter, PM Lee said that Haji Abu Bakar has been an exemplar of public service, and that he was a role model not just for the Malay/Muslim community but for all Singaporeans.
Haji Abu Bakar was buried on Wednesday. Earlier, community leaders and Members of Parliament were present at his home to pay their last respects. Among those present was Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim.
Mr Teo said: “Haji Abu Bakar Maidin has made great contributions to Singapore in his community work with not just the Muslim community in Singapore but he has fostered a very strong relationship with other religious group in Singapore and in a way pioneered many things with the different religious groups (which) work together to serve the needs of all Singaporeans."
Dr Yaacob said: “He has done a lot, not only to help the poor and the needy but to build Jamiyah into a very important Malay/Muslim organisation and also extended the space for the community by having collaborations with the non-Muslim organisations, because he saw that helping the poor, you don't recognise boundaries, race nor religion.”