TH welcomes Saudi’s haj decision

The Saudi government recently approved a quota of 31,600 pilgrims to Malaysia for the 1444H/2023M haj season

by AUFA MARDHIAH

LEMBAGA Tabung Haji (TH) applauded the Saudi government’s decision to provide Malaysia a full quota of 31,600 pilgrims for the 1444H/2023M haj season.

Furthermore, TH was informed that there is no age limit for fulfilling the fifth pillar of Islam for this year’s haj season, contrary to the 65-year-old limit introduced during last year’s haj season.

TH’s group MD and CEO Datuk Seri Amrin Awaluddin expressed his gratitude to the Saudi government for the full quota granted, which demonstrates the effectiveness of Saudi Arabia’s security measures in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in previous years.

“TH has started preliminary preparations as soon as the operation ended last season to make some improvements to maintain the quality of service and ensure the safety and health of the congregation.

“TH will issue a haj cash offer letter soon and will prioritise prospective haj cash queues in 2020, 2021 and 2022 for who are still waiting for their turn due to the pandemic, before moving on to potential haj queues in 2023 — which is based on a first-principles-based haj registration system,” he said in a statement today.

Additionally, haj appeals through the THiJARI online platform will also be open and the date will be announced by TH in the near future. The selection of haj appeals is based on certain criteria, with mahram appeals taking precedence.

On that note, Amrin advised all prospective pilgrims to attend the basic haj course organised by TH to equip themselves with knowledge related to haj worship and gain an overview of the current atmosphere in the holy land.