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Minister describes haj operations as satisfactory

Pilgrims being greeted by Tabung Haji personnel upon their arrival in Mecca.

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SEPANG — Aug. 27., 2018: The haji operations this year have been generally satisfactory.

“From my observations there, I would say that almost 90 per cent of our targets were achieved,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa after arriving back here today.

He said the pilgrims’ faith was tested during the recent sandstorm and strong winds which hit Arafah, causing damage to their camps.

“However, what is important is that all the pilgrims are safe and the damage was immediately repaired,” he said.

“I understand that Tabung Haji will hold a post-mortem and identify the areas to improve its service, but the majority of the pilgrims are satisfied with the services and facilities it provides,” he said.

According to Mujahid, the improvements TH made this year included the pre-departure immigration process, installing air-conditioners in the camps in Arafah and ceramic floors in most camps in Mina, as well as opening the  SepangTabung Haji Complex.

Meanwhile, he said, 16 deaths were recorded among Malaysian pilgrims this year, caused by heart attacks, lung infections, asthma and lung inflammation. 

“Overall, our pilgrims were healthy, as a result of the awareness programmes held in the country and monitoring by the medical staff in the Holy Land,” he said.

Mujahid also recorded his appreciation to the Saudi Arabian government for the facilities provided to the pilgrims, especially Malaysians, and its support for the Tabung Haji management.

He said the pilgrims will return to Malaysia in stages, with the first flight due to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 5 pm on Aug 29 (local time). – Bernama

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