THE government will not send pilgrims for this year’s haj season, the Ministry of Religious Affairs said, marking the second season that the country has deferred participation in the yearly pilgrimage.
The decision was made on concerns over Covid-19 developments around the world.
“The prohibition to perform the haj, from the government of His Majesty, must be complied by all citizens and residents of this country, including those who intend to travel to and from the country,” added the ministry.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced on June 12 that this year’s haj pilgrimage will be pared down to no more than 60,000 vaccinated individuals. — The Borneo Bulletin/ANN