Mashuthoo Abdul Rahiman – 2020 SG Silent Hero
29 November 2020 • 4 mins read
Mashuthoo Abdul Rahiman
Pioneers of Promise Category Winner – 2020
Nominated by: –
Mr Mashuthoo, having been a teacher for more than four decades, has retired and is now a part time teacher. He has been, and still is, an active community leader in the Indian community serving in many Indian associations and charity organisations.
As he was a teacher, he always had an eye for catching students who were not doing well in their schools. He worked tirelessly in finding ways to improve the school grades of any students willing to learn and also for students in the low-income families. He started this long before familiar names such as SINDA, Mendaki or CDAC became known to Singaporeans. In the 1970s, he organised free tuition for students struggling with low grades, specifically from low income families. He started this for residents in Queenstown, Clementi and Bukit Merah areas with the help of members of the Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML). This program was a huge success in terms of students’ participation and also produced good results with the students improving their grades.
Seeing the success of this program, he roped in undergraduates from NUS and started a pioneer program to continue to conduct tuitions and special classes for deserving student. This program is still continuing under the umbrella of Tamil Representatives Council. When he saw the usage of the Tamil declining among the Tamil speaking community, he mooted the idea of organising a festival to promote the use of the Tamil language.
In keeping with his objective of helping those in lower rungs of the economic ladder, he initiated a Barakah Fund in 2017 together with SKML. He raised $100,000 through the sales of book he authored and launched in that year. He was kind to designate the Barakah Fund to needy Indian Singaporeans. He made sure that non-Indian communities also gets a share in the funds raised and given to – such as President’s Challenge, Thye Hua Kwang Moral Charities, Sree Narayana Mission, Casa Raudha and Singapore Council of Women Organisation.
He held the post of Secretary General from 1977 to 2015 and is serving as Deputy President since 2015 to now. He has also served in Singapore Tamil Teachers Union, Federation of Indian Muslims, Tamils Representative Council of Singapore just to name a few.
This year, he did something more for education but for seniors. There were quite a high number of adults in the Tamil community who didn’t get a chance to learn the Tamil language in their school days. These adults are in the 50s now. There are many of them in social welfare organisations serving Singaporeans but their lack of knowledge of Tamil language had been an obstacle in their efforts to reach out fully to the Tamil speaking community. These adults have expressed a desire to learn the Tamil language but there weren’t any opportunities available to them. Mashuthoo reached out to several institutions for assistance, roped in a highly qualified retired Tamil teacher and organised Tamil language classes, tailored to the needs of these individuals and at no cost to them. He raised the funds needed to run this program. He has such a good heart in helping others.
Mr Mashuthoo’s name is synonymous with SKML. He is a catalyst in initiating services and programmes for the Indian Muslims and Tamil-speaking community in Singapore through SKML. With his untiring efforts, SKML is now a key partner with many national bodies, such MUIS, MENDAKI, SINDA, JAMIYAH.
Mashuthoo Abdul Rahiman was nominated for the “Pioneers of Promise” Category for the SSH Awards 2020. He was the selected winner and received award from Guest of Honour: Mr. Masagos Zulkifli – Minister for Social and Family Development and 2nd Minister for Health, at Shangri-La Hotel on 21st November 2020.
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Other 2020 Silent Heroes
Recognising humanity with an award that expresses gratitude of our society for their kindness towards fellow individuals, families, community and environment. Through this award, we look forward to inspiring more to become Silent Heroes. Someday soon, everyone shall be a Silent Hero, not only in Singapore but globally.