KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 2018: Tabung Haji (TH) is not going to be in charge of managing those traveling to the holy land for their pilgrimage using the Furada (private) visa this year.
This followed an instruction from the Saudi Arabian ministry of haj and umrah.
TH corporate and communication division in a statement today said the instruction was also issued to other countries.
According to the instruction, pilgrims traveling to perform the haj using the Furada visa will be managed by the Saudi Arabian authorities and placed separately from other pilgrims from their country,
On another matter, TH has prepared additional beds at its 18 buildings housing pilgrims in the holy land as required by the Saudi Arabian authorities in the event of emergencies.
Meanwhile, in Mecca today, TH workers were told to keep up the momentum and ensure that teamwork is on track, ahead of the masyair operation scheduled on August 20.
Bernama reported that Malaysian haj delegation chief Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Abdul Rahman urged TH officers to provide the best services to pilgrims, especially during Arafah, Muzdalifah and Mina.
“Today, the haj workers were gathered at the TH Mecca headquarters as most of them are now here in preparation for the masyair operation which is nearing.
“Most of the workers have been in the holy land for a period of 50 days or seven weeks and we hope to revive their energy and enthusiasm in carrying out their task in the days ahead,” he told the media after the workers’ gathering.
Syed Saleh also called on Malaysian pilgrims to get enough rest and to reserve their energy in preparation for masyair which is the most challenging and integral part of the haj ritual.
“We are aware that there are about nine days left before moving to Arafah. The day of Arafah represents the essence of the haj and being at Arafah, Muzdalifah and Mina calls for physical and mental presence,” he said.
Syed Saleh added that the pilgrims have also been advised to bring the bare necessities as recommended by TH and to avoid carrying excessive items due to limited space in the tents at Arafah and Mina.
The pilgrims have also been reminded not to expose themselves to the hot weather and to comply with the time-tables prepared by TH and the Muassasah especially relating to the timing for the stoning rite on the days of Tasyrik.
So far, Syed Saleh said nearly 82 per cent of the Malaysian pilgrims were in Makkah and the rest of the pilgrims would continue to enter Mecca through Jeddah until Aug 15.