MCYS to MSF: What will change?


On 1 Nov 2012, MCYS will be restructured to become the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

Role Changes

The new MSF will bring a sharper focus to the Government’s work in the development of families, social services and social safety nets.

Several roles will be moving to two other new ministries.

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) will take over MCYS’ roles of 

  • strengthening community bonds, 
  • promoting volunteerism and philanthropy, 
  • engaging youths and 
  • developing sports.

As a result, the following statutory boards and organisations will be under the purview of MCCY:

  • Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS)
  • Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM)
  • Syariah Court
  • Hindu Endowments Board
  • Hindu Advisory Board
  • Sikh Advisory Board
  • People’s Association
  • Singapore Sports Council
  • Singapore Sports School
Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) will take over REACH.

Priorities for MSF

MSF will focus on three key areas:

  1. Enhancing social safety nets for low-income and needy individuals and families. We will develop more effective initiatives to reach out to them and render help and support to enable them to improve their circumstances. 
  2. Improving the delivery of social services by working closely with the people and private sectors. These include services for the elderly, families, persons with disabilities and caregivers. We will work on accessibility, affordability and standards, and ensuring more responsive and citizen-centric delivery of services. 
  3. Further strengthening families. We will create a more conducive environment for family formation and the strengthening of family bonds and resilience. We will also review our policies to meet family needs such as childcare and eldercare more effectively.

For more details, please refer to our reply in Parliament.