Suriati Abdullah is the Managing Director & Principal Consultant of SuChi Success Initiatives Pte Ltd. She trains and consults in the Public, Private and Non-Government Sectors covering the field of Children, Youths, Marriage and Family Development. Suriati is also the Principal Trainer in the area of Marriage Preparation Course, Parenting Education and Sexuality Education for children, youths, youth workers and parents.
Suriati, together with her partner, Mohamed Khair, co-designed the range of Sexuality Education Programmes in SuChi Success addressing the needs for parents, teachers, youth workers, teenagers, pre-teens and youths who are classified by the relevant authorities as “high risk.” The Sexuality Education Programmes have been used to train audiences at various Government Agencies such the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), and the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS). The NGO or Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) sector has also benefitted from the Sexuality Education Programme offerings from SuChi Success. Other organizations that have engaged SuChi Success to deliver sexuality education programmes include full-time Madrasahs and Mosques in Singapore.
Suriati has been playing a leading role in the Malay/Muslim social work scene and community since 1989, when she first joined the public sector. Her key appointment as a Manager, Family Programme Development of the Family Policy Unit with the Ministry of Community Development Youths and Sports(MCYS) in 2004, saw her as instrumental behind the highly-rated television programme called Hanyut where it won the most popular infor-ed docu-drama series in the prestigious Pesta Perdana in 2005.
Suriati was also responsible in coordinating key public education projects for the community while serving the Family Policy Unit. She played a key role in coordinating and setting the directions of the third review of the Marriage Preparation Course Review Committee while in MCYS, to review the management, delivery and effectiveness of the programme. Suriati also had the opportunity to work with the key self-help groups and voluntary welfare organizations such as Mendaki, Association of Muslim Professionals, Young Women Muslim Association Family Service Centre, Jamiyah, MUIS, mosques and other institutions.
While serving the Ministry of Community Development (MCD) for 7 years, Suriati was responsible in investigating and submitting Social Report Recommendations to the Subordinate Courts and High Court, respectively, for child abuse cases, behavioural problem youths, custody dispute cases and many other socially-related cases.
Prior to re-joining the public service in 2004, Suriati held a key appointment as Head of the Family Development Department in MUIS (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore).
She pushed the agenda for the setting up of the Family Development Centres, to assist the poor and the low-income families at selected mosques. She also led the family values TAQWA campaign for the community. Suriati first played a major role in undertaking the first and second review of the then Marriage Preparation Course(MPC)’s administration and curriculum development. The course is now successfully implemented and run by many mosques and community centres.
Suriati is a qualified trainer in marriage preparatory courses and has been training thousands of marrying couples since 2001. She was the co-designer, co-developer and Principal Trainer for the new marriage preparatory course entitled Kasih Sejati (Eternal Love), approved by the Registrar of Muslim Marriages (ROMM) and launched in April 2006.
Suriati has also appeared regularly on radio talkshows touching issues on marriage, family and youths, together with her partner. Both Suriati and Mohamed Khair were invited as resource persons and speakers at the Marriage Convention in 2007 and again in 2009. They were amongst both local and international line-up of experts invited to speak at the convention, an annual event organised by the Mediacorp Radio and supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the National Family Council.
Suriati was appointed as a member of the Malay Programmes Advisory Committee(MPAC) under the Media Development Authority, since 2008, tasked to review media guidelines and advisory to the relevant partners in the media industry. She is now serving her second term in the committee. Suriati was further appointed to sit in the Child Abuse Review Committee since 2010 under the auspices of the MCYS with the responsibility to advice on recommendations of child abuse cases meant for Court Reviews.
Suriati is a trained counsellor with a Master of Science, post-graduate degree in Counselling from the University of South Australia. She completed her first degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1989 with the National University of Singapore. Suriati have been attending short-programmes and courses to hone her skills further in training and human development. She achieved this through the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) for Full Qualifications via the Institute of Adult Learning (IAL) provided by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). Suriati also holds the Certificate for Parent Education Leadership Training (PELT) organized by the then Family Resource Centre, Singapore.