PASIR GUDANG: Malaysians going for their haj this year are advised to focus solely on performing prayers and avoid politicking.
Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said he hoped that Malaysian pilgrims will continue to maintain and uphold the country’s good image when performing the haj.
“Malaysian pilgrims are known among Muslims from all over the world gathering during the haj season as good and kind people, with hardly any untoward cases involving our pilgrims,” he said.
Abdul Azeez said this after presenting RM200 duit raya and RM100 goodie bags each to 476 recipients from underprivileged families organised by Yayasan Tabung Haji and Pasir Gudang Umno at Dewan Taman Mawar here.
He said Malaysian haj pilgrims should refrain from making comments in light of recent events taking place in the Gulf region involving Qatar and her neighbouring states.
“You are there (in Madinah and Mecca) to perform your haj and not to talk about irrelevant issues, especially politics,” he said.
He said 30,200 Malaysians have received their confirmation letters to perform haj this year, up from 22,000 people in 2016 and said there would be some 480 Tabung Haji employees on duty during this year’s haj season.
Abdul Azeez said the first haj flight would depart for Saudi Arabia on July 24, with the last flight carrying Malaysian pilgrims to Mecca on Aug 24.
On Yayasan Tabung Haji’s (YTH) Ziarah Kasih programme for the less fortunate, he said it covered 67 constituencies nationwide and was expected to be carried out by June 24.
Abdul Azeez said about RM20.2mil had been allocated for the programme, of which RM7mil was from tithes collections placed under YTH and the remaining from Umno, benefitting 131,200 recipients.