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Think twice about going on minor pilgrimage given Mers risk: Yaacob

Published on May 16, 2014 9:09 PM
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information and Communication, and Minister in-charge of Muslim Affairs. -- BH FILE PHOTO: TUNI SHARIFF

Singaporean Muslims planning to go on the umrah, or minor pilgrimage, should weigh their decision because it may affect the health of people here, given the Mers virus, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim yesterday.

He added that he understood the aspirations of the community to perform the umrah and haj as some have made extensive preparations and advance bookings.

However, he urged: "If you can postpone it, because maybe you have other opportunities in future, please give it some thought.

"We must not forget that this is not just about our health but about the entire community because if you bring back the virus, it can affect other people in Singapore."

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