Haj quota for Singapore increases to 900 from last year’s 800: report

Pilgrims in a mosque, Al-Haram Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. PHOTO: Getty Images

One hundred more Singaporean Muslims can go for the Haj this year as compared to 2017, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim on Friday (Mar 23).

According to media reports, the Minister said that Saudi authorities had increased Singapore’s quota for the annual Muslim pilgrimage from 800 to 900 slots. Yaacob revealed this at the launch of the new Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah campus.

According to a press statement from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), the quota was 800 last year. Muis added that it has informed Haj registrants about the additional slots now available.

From 2012 to 2016, the annual quota was set at 680 for Singapore. This was due to the “extensive development” projects that were taking place around the pilgrimage site, added the religious body.