KUALA LUMPUR: A 62-year-old man from Kuala Nerang, Kedah, is the first Malaysian pilgrim to die in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during the 2022 haj season, says Datuk Idris Ahmad.
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) said the man suffered a serious bacterial infection and breathed his last at the King Faisal Hospital on June 25.
As of last Saturday (July 2), Idris said 13 Malaysian pilgrims were receiving treatment at Tabung Haji treatment centres in Mecca, while three others were in other hospitals in Saudi Arabia.
"Tabung Haji is always concerned with the welfare of every pilgrim, hence is trying its best to provide them with the best medical services," he told a press conference here.
In another development, He reminded all pilgrims to comply with rules and regulations set by the Saudi government and to adhere to all instructions given by Tabung Haji staff.
"I also hoped that all Malaysian pilgrims will avoid getting involved in unlawful activities.
"The Government of Malaysia and Tabung Haji are closely monitoring all issues relating to their safety and security in the holy land," he said.
At the same time, he said the pilgrims were also advised to take care of themselves and avoid overexposure to hot weather, which can lead to heatstroke. – Bernama