KEPALA BATAS – The Pilgrims Fund Board (TH) has made intensive preparation and is ready to receive the arrival of 30,200 Malaysian pilgrims from this month for the Haj in the Holy Land.
Malaysian Haj pilgrims chef de mission, Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman said the thorough preparation covered all matters, especially hotel accommodation, food and TH staff on duty to ensure that all pilgrims are comfortable during the pilgrimage.
“So far, TH’s preparation in the Holy Land is running smoothly as we have made early preparation since the last few months.
“Even our officers have started going there since July 12 and this year, 600 TH staff will be tasked with looking after the welfare and safety of Malaysian pilgrims in the Holy Land,” he told Bernama after the opening of the state-level 1438H/2017 Season Haj Premier Course, here, last night.
The two-day course, involving 1,082 pilgrims and held at the Millennium Hall, was officiated by Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
Meanwhile, Syed Saleh, who is also TH Haj senior general manager, said the course organised by TH was aimed at giving a prelude to the pilgrims on the true conditions of the pilgrimage before leaving for the Holy Land.
The first flight to the Holy land is on July 24 and the last expected to be on Aug 25, and Malaysian pilgrims are scheduled to return home by Sept 7 and the last flight from Saudi Arabia is on Oct 4. – BERNAMA