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Muslims unhappy with political booklets at haji course

A picture of the controversial booklet that was allegedly disseminated at Tabung Haji's hajj courses.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — June 24, 2019: Many Muslims have expressed their objection at social media over what they deemed as crude politicking at a Tabung Haji pilgrimage course in Terengganu last week, considering it inappropriate for the organiser to distribute propaganda material from Pakatan Harapan when the course was to teach participants the basics of performing the haji.

The booklets essentially claimed that Pakatan had saved the agency from financial ruins due to the misdeeds of the Barisan Nasional government.

Performing the pilgrimage is obligatory for able Muslims who can afford it at least once in a lifetime.

“My mom attended the course, got fed-up with the nonsense so she tore the booklet apart. People want to focus on doing the hajj, not badmouth others,” wrote Facebooker Vzam,  while sharing a photo of the booklet his mother tore.

“Using TH’s courses as a platform for their political propaganda… wow, I’d never imagined that they would stoop this low. Why is Pakatan becoming so desperate to score political brownie points these days?” wrote Abd. Rahman Yahaya.

Another Facebooker, Norazelan Abd Rahim, argued that it was irresponsible of the agency to allow the booklets to be given to participants as they were supposed to prepare for the haji.

“It’s unacceptable. There is a big difference between learning how to perform the haji and learning about Tabung Haji. Stop playing politics at these courses,” wrote Norazelan.

Some believed that Pakatan had to resort to this tactless stunt after the agency had declared the lowest ever dividend to depositors in April.

“They promised to form an RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) but has yet to do it until today. If the mismanagement that caused huge losses were true, why hasn’t the government do it yet?” asked Mohd. Fauzi Moktar.

The call for an RCI was echoed by Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki in a statement on his Facebook wall today.

“The people need to know the truth. Since its inception, TH has never suffered any loss. In fact, since 2009 TH’s after tax and tithe profit was more than RM1 billion.

“But suddenly minister Datuk Seri Dr. Mujahid Yusof announced that Tabung Haji suffered huge losses, that its accounts were manipulated and all sorts of claims.

“The best way to determine the legitimacy of these claims is to have an RCI as Pakatan had promised,” wrote Asyraf.

Tabung Haji has yet to respond to an inquiry on this.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.