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[CNA] 2,180 Muslim S'poreans to perform Haj pilgrimage this year

[CNA] 2,180 Muslim S'poreans to perform Haj pilgrimage this year

SINGAPORE: There will be no change to the Haj quota allocated for Singapore. The Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, said 2,180 Muslim Singaporeans will be granted visas to perform their pilgrimage this year. Singapore's official quota is set at 680 annually, according to the formula set by the Saudi Haj Authority, based on 0.1 per cent of the Muslim population of the country. The number of Haj places for the year is subject to the availability of quota allotted by Saudi authorities. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) traditionally makes an appeal to the Saudi government to up the quota based on the number of Muslims here, who wish to perform the Haj. "This is something which is very good for us. MUIS has already informed all 2,180 pilgrims to select their agents and packages. More importantly, we thanked the Saudi government for grantin...

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