20 per cent reduction in Haj quota for Singapore
Saudi Arabia has reduced the number of Singaporean pilgrims it will allow into the Kingdom this year by 20 per cent.
This means that only 544 Singaporeans will be able to perform the pilgrimage during the coming haj season. Officially, Singapore's haj quota each year is 680, or 0.1 per cent of its Muslim population. This is based on an Organisation of the Islamic Conference Agreement.
The reduction is due to the many major development and upgrading projects taking place in the vicinity of the Holy Mosque in Mecca, in particular the expansion of the Mataf area. This 20 per cent reduction is applicable to all countries.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim has indicated that in view of Singapore's already small official quota, he would be writing an appeal letter to the Saudi Haj Minister to consider exempting Singapore from the 20 per cent reduction.