Yaacob wants Singapore's haj quota to increase to about 800
If an appeal by Minister for Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim to the Saudi Arabian authorities is successful, the official quota for Haj pilgrims will increase to about 800.
The figure has been 680 since the quota was introduced several years ago.
Mr Yaacob announced the number on Sunday morning when sending off a batch of 24 pilgrims at Changi Airport.
The numbers shrank to 544 earlier this year because of expansion works in the holy mosque in Makkah.