In our past article, we have demonstrated that amongst the ASEAN nations, Singaporeans have to pay one of the highest costs to perform their Haj. This results in many people, especially those from the lower income levels, who are unable to fulfill the 5th pillar of Islam. We suggested that the government should provide some subsidies for Muslims who are unable to go for Haj on their own so that more people are able to fulfill their religious obligations.
Besides subsidies, the government can also consider allowing Muslims who have already reached 55 years old, to withdraw some of the CPF money to pay for their pilgrimage. The CPF money is our hard earned money, and we have every right to decide how we want to spend it. Many elderly Muslims at age 55 look forward to going for their Haj after working for most part of their lives. Being able to use our CPF money when we are still fit and able to walk is not a luxury but a treat well deserved and a reward well-earned.
It is not fair for the government to lock up our CPF and dictate when we can use it. It is even more unfair when they keep raising the withdrawal age, such that we don’t even know if we will still be alive by the time we reach that age, much less be able to go for Haj.
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