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KUALA LUMPUR — January 27, 2017: The haji quota for Malaysian pilgrims has been restored to 27,900 people this year compared to the reduction to 22,230 from 2013.

A Tabung Haji statement today said this was conveyed by Saudi Arabia’s Haj and Umrah Minister Dr. Mohammad Saleh Bentan to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir at the annual haji meeting in Jeddah last Wednesday.

The statement also said that the cost for performing the haji this year has increased to RM19,550 compared to RM18,890 last year but TH will maintain the cost for each muasassah pilgrim at RM9,980.

The subsidy borne by TH for the haji season this year is expected to be RM200 million.

Tabung Haji was also informed by the Saudi government that the expansion project around the Grand Mosque was close to completion.

The agency said the Malaysian and Saudi governments would annually discuss ways to improve pilgrimage management. Another matter often discussed is the provision of additional quota to help shorten the pilgrimage rotation period. – Bernama

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