Malaysia will not send Hajj pilgrims this year

by AZREEN HANI/ pic by AFP

Malaysia will not send pilgrims for the 1442H Hajj Season, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affair) Datuk Dr Zulkfli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

Dr Zulkifli said the decision was made in line with the Government of Saudi Arabia’s decision which only allows Hajj to be performed for Saudi citizens and residents of other countries who are in the country, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I will ensure all the affairs of Malaysians who have been there and was chosen to perform the Hajj for the Hajj Season of 1442H properly managed by Lembaga Tabung Haji, in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by the Government Saudi Arabia,” Dr Zulkfili said in a statement today.

Earlier according to an AFP report, Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it will allow 60,000 vaccinated residents of the kingdom to perform the annual hajj, state media reported.

The hajj ministry said this year’s pilgrimage would be “open for nationals and residents of the kingdom, limited to 60,000 pilgrims”, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

“Those wishing to perform the hajj must be free of chronic diseases and be vaccinated” and between the ages of 18 and 65, it said.