GEORGE TOWN: Tabung Haji (TH) has no plans to set an age limit on haj pilgrims, said its chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
He said TH would follow the existing system and any pilgrim regardless of age, who successfully passed the medical examination and fulfill the conditions set by the organisation, were qualified to perform haj.
“If you ask me, everyone wants to perform haj when they can afford it. By the time their savings are enough, they have reached 60, so how can we not encourage them.
“In the health context, we in Tabung Haji will do our best. We have a good medical team which will take care of the pilgrims. Apart from that, we leave it to Allah,” he said.
He told reporters this after visiting the family of the late Mohd Ismail Abdul Salam at their home in Bukit Gedung here Wednesday.
Mohd Ismail, 66, who performed haj with his wife Fatimah Beevi Mohamed Sultan, 60, died of pneumonia in King Faizal Hospital, Makkah, on Oct 5. Fatimah Beevi is expected to return home on Friday.
Abdul Azeez said 33 Malaysian pilgrims had died this haj season. Seven of them perished in the crane tragedy at the Grand Mosque and one at the Mina stampede.
The rest, who were elderly, died of normal illnesses.
The last return flight to Malaysia is on Oct 28, he said.