KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Haj quota for next year remains at 22,322 pilgrims since work on enlarging Masjidil Haram (The Sacred Mosque) in Mecca was still ongoing.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the Saudi Arabian government had announced in October that the 20 per cent quota deduction of pilgrims from each nation was still in force, next year.
The rule was expected to remain until work to expand and develop Masjidil Haram was completed in 2016, he said at a thanks-giving ceremony for the end of Haj operations of the Pilgrims Fund Board this year, here today.
However, he said the Malaysian government would make an application to the Saudi Arabian government for a relaxation of the quota as the number of Malaysians waiting to perform the Haj was increasing.
Jamil Khir also handed souvenirs to representatives and agencies involved with the Haj operations, including the media. – BERNAMA