Several of the pilgrims met at the Tabung Haji Complex here said the incident did not dampen their spirit to set foot on the holy land.
Mohd Salleh Yusof, 61, who hails from Kota Baharu, said the tragedy was unexpected and had to be accepted because it was the will of God.
He said he hoped to have the strength and health to undertake the pilgrimage, and also hoped that there would be no repeat of the accident.
Mohd Salleh, who is one of the 450 pilgrims scheduled to fly off from the KL International Airport at 1.30 am tomorrow, will be accompanied by his wife, Ramlah M. Shah, 62.
Ramlah said she hoped that the situation in the holy land would return to normal for the pilgrims to perform the haj smoothly.
She said she was a little afraid after having seen the photographs sent to her by her children who retrieved them from the Internet.
“There is some apprehension, but I am confident that Allah (God) will protect me and the other pilgrims,” she said.
Faridah Ahmad, 54, a cousin of Mohd Salleh, who had come to send off the couple, said she was confident that TH would take care of the welfare and safety of the pilgrims.
Sarbani Saleh, 41, of Pasir Mas, Kelantan, who had come to send off his sister-in-law Suwaibatul Aslamiah, 50, said the latter had expressed some apprehension as she was travelling alone.
Suwaibatul’s husband is not on the list of pilgrims going to the holy land this year.
“She (Suwaibatul) started to cry upon seeing me. It is understandable because this is her first trip (to the holy land) and she is travelling alone. The news of the tragedy has not made it any easier.
“Nevertheless, I have advised her to be patient and told her all of us in the family will be praying for her well-being and safety during the pilgrimage,” he said. – Bernama