Islamic Lifestyle 

Malaysian pilgrims reminded to wear identification tags, bracelets at all times

| 12 July, 2019
 Azura Abas

JULY 12, 2019 | 8:30AM MYT | MAKKAH

It has a colour bold enough for Tabung Haji patrol teams to zero in on when Malaysian pilgrims perform their umrah (small pilgrimage) at Masjidil Haram upon arriving here.

Malaysian haj delegation head Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman said the bright orange lanyard was attached with colour-coded tags to identify the specific zone where the pilgrims were staying.

“With the lanyard and colour-coded tags, our officials can monitor pilgrims’ movement (in the sea of people).

“We can know if the pilgrims are lost when they stray away from their groups or designated accommodation zones,” he said at the Abraj Al-Janadriah Hotel where TH Makkah headquarters is located.

He said each pilgrim received a steel bracelet and an identification tag, and these two items must be worn at all times when in the Holy Land.

“Their passports are kept by the Southeast Asia Muassasah Tewafah (a government agency under the umbrella of Saudi Arabia’s Haj and Umrah Ministry responsible for managing pilgrims from the region).

Malaysian haj delegation head Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman showing the lanyards and identification tags to the media in Makkah yesterday.

“Without their passports, they must always keep with them the bracelet and identification tag (as they contain their personal information).”

Syed Saleh urged Malaysian pilgrims to stay in groups when venturing outside their maktab, especially when walking to the mosque for subuh prayers.

“Our pilgrims may prefer to reach Masjidil Haram one hour early, which requires them to start making the trip about 3.30am. At that time, the roads are empty, especially during the early part of the haj season (with only a small number of pilgrims in Makkah).”

He said only 30 per cent of 6,000 Malaysian pilgrims had arrived here. The rest were in Madinah.

A total of 30,200 pilgrims from Malaysia will perform the haj, which is the fifth pillar of Islam, this year.

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