- POSTED: 12 Sep 2013 20:49
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MUIS said that all 544 Haj places allocated for Singapore have been filled.
SINGAPORE: The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) says the Haj Ministry of Saudi Arabia has allocated 544 places for Singapore in the coming Haj season, a 20 per cent reduction from the official quota of 680.
The 20% reduction, which is applicable to all countries, is due to expansion works.
MUIS said that all 544 places have been filled, with 513 first timers and 31 repeat applicants.
In response to an outbreak of the MERS coronavirus in the Middle East, the Saudi Health Ministry has released a circular advising several categories of people to consider postponing their Haj pilgrimage this year as a precautionary measure.
These include elderly pilgrims, those suffering from chronic diseases such as heart, kidney, respiratory diseases, diabetes and terminal illness patients, as well as children below 12 and pregnant women.
The Association of Muslim Travel Agents, Singapore has informed Haj pilgrims under their charge of the advisory.
Of the 544 pilgrims, 21 of them are aged 65 and above.