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Yaacob Ibrahim

Assoc Prof Yaacob Ibrahim is a politician from Singapore. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is currently the country's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs.
On 2 January 1997, Yaacob was elected as one of four Members of Parliament (MP) for the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and was re-elected in 2001. He became a Minister on 25 March 2002 with the appointment as Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs.
Yaacob graduated from the University of Singapore with an honours degree in civil engineering in 1980. He later obtained a PhD from Stanford University in 1989, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University. He returned to Singapore in 1990 and joined the National University of Singapore, becoming a faculty member in 1991. He received the department's teaching excellence award for the 1994-95 academic year.
Yaacob has been active in community service, both locally and overseas. He was a youth member of Muslim Missionary Society of Singapore (Jamiyah). He served as a volunteer tutor for the Council for the Development of Singapore Muslim Community (Yayasan Mendaki) and would later become its Chairman in March 2002. He is also actively involved with Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) and was a member of the MUIS Council from 1992 to 1996.
Yaacob headed an inter-ministerial committee which tackled the 2005 dengue outbreak in Singapore. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Muis raises per capita income cap for assistance, to help 1000 more families
2014-07-08
SINGAPORE - About 1,000 more Muslim families will be eligible for financial assistance, after the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) announced on Tuesday that it will broaden the qualifying criteria. The monthly per capita income cap will be ...
(The Straits Times)

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    No vulnerability in SingPass system: Yaacob Ibrahim
    2014-07-07
    SINGAPORE — There is no vulnerability in the SingPass system, said Communication and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim in Parliament today (July 7). He said the breach of the 1,560 SingPass accounts that IDA flagged on June 4 could have been ...
    (TODAYonline)
    1. SingPass breach: time for government agencies to take security more seriously
    2. No vulnerabilities in SingPass system
    3. Singapore minister defends e-gov system despite breach

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    Rare Alliance Forms in Singapore to Challenge Gay-Rights Rally
    2014-06-27
    “What we want to do is to avoid dividing society or dividing the community,” Communications Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, who also oversees Muslim affairs, told local media last week when asked about the WearWhite campaign. Recent surveys suggest that a ...
    (Wall Street Journal (blog))
    1. Govt leaders must draw 'clear line' on LGBT issue: pastor
    2. Muslim group launches WearWhite campaign against homosexuality

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    Church must work with like-minded groups to oppose Pink Dot: Pastor
    2014-06-23
    Weighing in on the issue, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Mr Yaacob Ibrahim, had said those who want to express support for a cause or lifestyle choice should express it in a way that does not divide the community. He added that differences in ...
    (Channel News Asia)

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      Mosques should not be taking sides: Dr Yaacob
      2014-06-22
      Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said mosques as an institution are inclusive and exist to serve the Muslim community. PHOTOS; VIDEOS. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim. Enlarge; Caption. Please enable Javascript to watch this video. SINGAPORE: ...
      (Channel News Asia)
      1. Support for a cause should not divide community: Yaacob
      2. LESSON FOR M'SIAN MINISTERS: Be big-hearted, avoid dividing society - S ...
      3. Accommodate differences of opinion in society, urges Dr Yaacob

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      Singapore to work towards becoming a 'Smart Nation': Yaacob Ibrahim
      2014-06-17
      SINGAPORE — Singapore is taking several leaps towards the vision of being a smart nation, as Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim announced a number of initiatives at the opening ceremony of the Infocomm Media Business ...
      (TODAYonline)
      1. Smart Nation Platform in the works: Yaacob
      2. Singapore unveils plan in push to become smart nation
      3. Singapore unveils Smart Nation Platform

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      Coming soon: Souped-up Wi-Fi with superb range and coverage
      2014-06-16
      Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, said TVWS can be tapped to meet the demand for greater connectivity, as it is an underutilised spectrum resource. “The framework will encourage and facilitate businesses and service ...
      (TODAYonline)
      1. Singapore unveils Super Wi-Fi regulations
      2. Singapore releases TV white space regulatory framework

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      S'pore must be equipped for next phase of infocomm development: Yaacob
      2014-05-26
      Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim say country needs to seize opportunities from the growing convergence between infocommunication and media sectors. PHOTOS. Minister for Communications and Information and ...
      (Channel News Asia)
      1. Singapore must be equipped for next phase of infocomm development: Dr Yaacob

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      Sector-specific data protection guidelines up for public feedback
      2014-05-16
      Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim announced this when he opened the Personal Data Protection Seminar on Friday. Dr Yaacob said the guidelines will address sector-specific matters, such as the collection of personal data from ...
      (Channel News Asia)

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