HAJ PLACES INCREASE FROM 680 TO 800, 200 LESS THAN ORIGINAL TARGET

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Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has taken to Facebook to announce that haj places for pilgrims from Singapore will be increased to 800 this year, which is an increase of 120 from the 680 spots available last year, and 200 short of the target set earlier this month.

Singapore had submitted a request to further increase the quota to 1,000 at the haj ministerial meeting in Saudi Arabia.

"I am happy to report that we have received the good news last night that our official quota has been increased from 680 to 800," Yaacob told reporters after a tour of the newly renovated Al-Khair Mosque at Teck Whye Crescent.

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