Islamic Lifestyle 

Haj waiting period for Malaysians shortened by 13 years, thanks to quota increase

| 27 March, 2017
 Arfa Yunus and Esther Landau

Mon Mar 27, 2017 | 4:09pm | KUALA LUMPUR

The waiting period for Malaysians to perform the haj has been reduced by 13 years, following the recently announced increase in the pilgrim quota.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the waiting period for the 2.5 million depositors in Tabung Haji (TH) is now 89 years compared to the previous 102 years.

“The waiting period reduction by 13 years is indeed good news for all depositors who have registered for the pilgrimage under Tabung Haji. We are grateful for it,” said Jamil Khir in a reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (Pas-Kota Baru) during the Dewan Rakyat session today.

He said the increase in the quota, totaling 30,200 people compared to 27, 900 people previously, was the result of positive discussions between Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdul Aziz Al-Saud’s and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, during the ruler’s state visit to Malaysia last month.

Jamil Khir also said the grant rate (kadar hibah) distributed by TH in 2016 is competitive compared to the savings in other Islamic bank institutions.

He added that TH’s financial performance shows a positive trend despite the country facing an uncertain global economic situation.

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