Raja Muda of Perlis: Report haj scams immediately

KANGAR: Victims of fraud involving haj packages or those with information on the matter should lodge reports with authorities, said Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.

“Scammers should be brought to justice so that no one will be deceived by religious fraud in the future,” he said in a statement issued by the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) yesterday.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin had said after presenting MAIPs zakat contribution amounting to RM21,000 to 30 selected asnaf among parishioners of the Al Jabal A’la Mosque in Kampung Melayu, Kaki Bukit.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin was also saddened by what happened to hundreds of would-be pilgrims, who were thought to have been scammed by irresponsible people.

“Don’t be easily swayed by any promotion of furada haj packages that don’t necessarily have a guarantee that you will reach the Holy Land.

“Attractive offers of opportunity (to perform haj) without waiting for one’s turn are often the main factors leading to prospective pilgrims getting influenced and being eventually deceived,” he said.

On July 7, the media reported that about 380 would-be pilgrims were stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It is thought that they were tricked by a furada visa scam. — Bernama

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