RIYADH (Bernama): A request for a bigger Haj quota is expected to be among important matters to be raised by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at his audience taking place now with the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud here Tuesday (March 9).
An increase in Malaysia's population has prompted the government to make the request.
According to Tabung Haji’s website, the Saudi Arabian government has set the Haj quota for every country at 0.1% of the total population.
Apart from the Haj quota, Muhyiddin is likely to raise matters on the Umrah pilgrimage at the meeting with the Crown Prince, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence on the final day of his four-day official visit to the kingdom.
Malaysia is seeking approval and permission for Malaysian Umrah pilgrims to perform the ritual at the soonest possible opportunity.
Strengthening bilateral ties is also expected to be discussed during the audience.
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