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Malaysia: Tourism and Culture Ministry mulls new mechanism to replace Imams

| 16 December, 2017
  NOR AIN MOHAMED RADHI

December 16, 2017 @ 8:23pm | KUALA LUMPUR

The Tourism and Culture Ministry is looking at a new mechanism to replace the Integrated Manasik Monitoring System (IMAMS), which was cancelled today.

The cancellation came a day after it was announced.

Deputy Tourism and Culture minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said under the new mechanism the ministry is also weighing at waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

"We have been receiving suggestions to better manage the umrah pilgrims.

"We will look into all suggestions and will bring the new mechanism to the ministry as well as the Umrah Regulatory Management Council," she told a press conference here.

On the matter of non-Muslims managing the matter involving Muslims pilgrimage, Mas Ermieyati has given assurance that it will not happen again.

“I get to know about the company that is managing Imams had non-Muslim in its board of directors after I announced its implementation on Friday.

"I was not given the right information prior to the announcement," she said.

She said, although the non-Muslim chief operation officer had resigned, it however will not solve the issue.

"I will make sure that this matter will not happen again under the new mechanism," she said.

Also present at the press conference was the ministry's secretary general Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah.

On Friday, the ministry launched IMAMS, in a bid to crack the whip on Umrah scams, bring the errant operators to book as well as protect the people from fraudulent activities in the future.

As at November 2017, the ministry has 234 licensed travel agencies which offer the umrah packages, of which 65 are travel agencies accorded with the Muasassah (umrah special licence).

Copyright New Straits Times

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