‘Focus on pilgrims, depositors’

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  • Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017

New man in charge: Najib shaking hands with Md Raus at the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya. — Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Lembaga Tabung Haji should focus on caring for the welfare of pilgrims and its depositors, besides boosting its involvement in the corporate sector, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

This was part of the Prime Minister’s message when opening Tabung Haji’s direction retreat here yesterday, which was attended by industry players, government-linked companies (GLCs) and stakeholders.

Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said during the session, Najib stressed the importance of looking after the interest of depositors, and comfort of accommodation and health of pilgrims performing the Haj.

Abdul Azeez said Najib also wanted the captains of industry and GLCs to give their views on the types of investments that Tabung Haji could venture into domestically to strengthen its financial position.

“The Prime Minister wants these matters to be given attention for the continuity of the body which manages the funds of Muslims in this country in facing future challenges,” said Abdul Azeez after the session.

The closed-door meeting with Najib, who is also Finance Minister, went on for half an hour at the one-day retreat.

Also present were Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani and Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

Abdul Azeez said the resolutions would be compiled into a book as a guideline for Tabung Haji’s future plans.

He said Tabung Haji would also hold such retreats at the grassroots level .

Abdul Azeez said Tabung Haji needed between RM260mil and RM300mil this year to bear the subsidy for Haj pilgrims.

“Currently, the subsidy borne by the Government for each pilgrim is RM9,570 from the overall cost of RM19,550,” he said.

Tabung Haji now has 9.1 million depositors.

Later, Najib received newly-appointed Chief Justice Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif at his office at Perdana Putra here.

Md Raus was appointed on April 1 to succeed Tun Arifin Zakaria who has retired. — Bernama

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