Malaysian haj pilgrims for 2018 to get offer letters by November this year

07-Oct-2017 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Malaysian pilgrims slated to perform the haj in 2018 will get their offer letters as early as November this year.

Announcing this today, Tabung Haji (TH) chair Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said this marks a change in procedures as the offer letters are usually distributed in December.

“This year, we want to make sure that pilgrims can begin making necessary preparation as early as possible,” he said.

Azeez advised TH depositors to update consistently their personal details at the nearest Tabung Haji office.

“Depositors should update details such as house address, phone numbers and names of heirs to make it easier for TH to locate them,” he said after welcoming home 268 Malaysian pilgrims, who form the final batch of the 2017 haj season, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), today.

Azeez also announced that from next year, haj pilgrims would no longer have to assemble at the Kompleks Tabung Haji in Kelana Jaya before departing for the airport. Instead, they will assemble at a new complex located 10 minutes away from KLIA.

The complex, he said, will be ready for use next year.

Azeez also noted that the Saudi government has confirmed a quota of 30,200 people for Malaysian haj pilgrims next year.

“We are still negotiating to get a higher quota for next year. We are awaiting the Saudi government’s approval,” he said.

He said TH would also be conducting a post-mortem to improve the services offered to its pilgrims in order to enhance its services next year.

Meanwhile, one of the pilgrims, Syariah Nuhung, 78, said she was grateful for being selected for the pilgrimage this year.

“I am so happy that after 10 years of waiting, I was finally given the opportunity to perform haj. Although I had to move around with a wheelchair, I am blessed at being able to fulfil my obligation at this age.”


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