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Some Muslims seek option to tap CPF at 55 to go on haj

Published on Aug 22, 2014 11:19 AM

Some Muslims would like to withdraw a larger portion of their Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings before turning 65 to perform the haj - and Minister of State for National Development and Defence Maliki Osman hopes the Government will consider this wish when it reviews its policies.

At a post-National Day Rally dialogue attended by over 100 Malay residents of the East Coast GRC on Wednesday night, participants asked if they could be given the option of tapping into their CPF savings at age 55 to fund the pilgrimage.

"We don't know whether we'll be well enough to do our haj, or if we can even move if we wait till 65," said a 50-year-old Changi resident who wanted to be known as Sofea.

According to the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, haj packages cost from about $7,000 to over $13,000.

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