No reduction in haj places for S'pore Muslims

No reduction in haj places for S'pore Muslims

SINGAPORE - There will be no cut in the number of Muslim pilgrims going for the haj this year.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said on Sunday that 680 pilgrims from Singapore will make the trip this year. The earlier allotment was for 544 pilgrims.

The additional 136 places have already been allocated.

Saudi Arabia had reduced the number of places this year for pilgrims from abroad by 20 per cent to allow for expansion work at Mecca's Grand Mosque.

On Tuesday, it sent a letter saying it had reinstated the number of places for Singapore to 680.

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