MUAR: Tabung Haji has announced lower fares for pilgrims going to the Holy Land during the next Haj season.
Pilgrims from the peninsula need only pay RM8,937 instead of RM9,445 previously, those from Sarawak RM9,054 (RM9,530) and from Sabah RM9,096 (RM9,575).
Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Brig-General (Rtd) Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin said the 5% reduction would in no way affect the facilities provided by Tabung Haji to the pilgrims.
He said Tabung Haji would also sign an agreement with Syarikat Abdul Latif Jameel this November for the provision of accommodation in Saudi Arabia for Malaysian pilgrims.
He said the agreement would be in force for 25 years and was aimed at reducing accommodation costs on a long-term basis.
We have identified a suitable location and the company will build the houses and then rent them out to Tabung Haji on a long term basis.
The agreement signing ceremony is likely to be witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, he said here yesterday.
The agreement would ensure that Malaysian pilgrims had comfortable accommodation during their stay in Saudi Arabia, he added. Bernama
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