By TMR / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE branch offices of Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) will open in stages nationwide beginning today with shorter operating hours following the government’s decision to implement the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that sees the resumption of selected economic and social activities.
The operating hours will be from 10am to 3pm daily, the fund said in a statement yesterday.
The services provided to TH depositors are limited to business account opening, deposit and withdrawal activities, updating accounts and haj registration. Meanwhile, all pilgrimage matters (offers to perform haj and passport submission) are temporarily suspended until TH obtains an official decision on the status of haj for the 1441H/2020 season from the Saudi Arabian government.
“The opening of these services are in line with the government’s intention to stimulate the country’s economy as it was affected after the implementation of several phases of the MCO in an effort to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak,” TH said.
“Depositors are also encouraged to use electronic banking services, through the ‘THijari’ application or through Internet banking offered by TH strategic banking partners,” it added.
To ensure that the health and safety aspects are always taken care of, TH will conduct body temperature screening and provide hand sanitisers for depositors present at the branch offices.
Depositors are also advised to wear face masks and observe social distancing measures.
The fund added that the number of depositors in the branch will be limited in ensuring effective social distancing practice.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the easing of MCO, which was implemented since March 18 and is currently at its fourth phase that ends on May 12.
Muhyiddin said the country was losing an estimated RM2.4 billion daily throughout the enforcement of the MCO, with an estimated total loss of RM64 billion so far.