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Singapore has asked to increase its haj quota for Singapore pilgrims and is hopeful the official quota can be raised. Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who provided the update, will be attending the annual Haj Ministerial Meeting in Saudi Arabia.
SINGAPORE: Singapore has asked to increase its haj quota for Singapore pilgrims and is hopeful the official quota can be raised.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who provided the update, will be attending the annual Haj Ministerial Meeting in Saudi Arabia, from Saturday to Tuesday.
Dr Yaacob said: “If we can at least get our official quota to change from 680 to 800, I think that's already a good start. The additional quota that we used to get, which is 1,500, may be a stretch because construction work (in Mecca) is still ongoing.
“So I am taking a gradual approach and I hope we can convince the minister that if we can move (the quota) this year, then at least we have the 120 (places), and a lot more Malay-Muslim families can attend the haj."
Dr Yaacob also said some 8,000 students have registered for the MENDAKI Tuition Scheme this year.
He added that the self-help group will also be starting its intensive revision programme earlier this year for those taking the PSLE or O’ Level examination.
Dr Yaacob said: "We recognise that some students may need more time, a bit more attention from the tutors to resolve one or two misunderstandings about some subject matters. So that will be our commitment for this year and we hope we can get more support from our parents.
“We will continue to have a workshop with our parents, because we realise getting our parents into the equation and playing their role at home will certainly help their children."
Previously the intervention programme was conducted closer to the examination period.
But this year, it will start after the June school holidays.
Dr Yaacob was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a visit to Si Ling Primary School on Saturday, where students were starting this year's tuition programme.
The early intervention programme will run parallel to the tuition scheme.
Nine students in the tuition scheme who did well at last year's PSLE were also recognised.