Islamic Lifestyle 

Malaysia’s haj quota for this year back to 27,800, says Jamil Khir

| 10 January, 2017
 Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

Tue Jan 10, 2017 | 4:32pm | TUMPAT, MALAYSIA

The Saudi Arabian government has reverted the quota for Malaysian haj pilgrims this year to the original figure of 27,800, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said today.

He said the move automatically revoked the 20 per cent reduced quota for haj pilgrims which was implemented in 2013.

"Malaysia thanks the Saudi Arabian government for returning the original quota for our haj pilgrims," he said after presenting donation worth more than RM36,000 to seven mosques and 47 surau which were affected by the flood at Dewan Tanjung Mas here.

Jamil said the donation was to ease the burden suffered by the mosque and the surau's management following the flood in Kelantan.

"This is not the first or the last. The federal government will continue to help the people," he said.

It was reported that Saudi Arabia had decided to reduce the number of haj pilgrims following the extension work at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

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