PIL­GRIMS DE­LIGHTED

30,200 pil­grims can per­form haj this sea­son

New Straits Times - - News -

NUR AQIDAH AZ­IZI

AND MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW SEREM­BAN news@nst.com.my

MAIMUNAH Hashim, 50, was de­lighted to learn in 2012 that her name had been listed as one of the pil­grims sched­uled to per­form the haj next year.

But when news of the re­duced haj quota for Malaysia was an­nounced a few years back, Maimunah, from Ta­man Vi­sion here, thought her chance to per­form the haj was slim.

“I had saved money just to per­form the haj. I was wor­ried when I learnt about the re­duced quota, but I have been pray­ing that my turn would come soon,” she said.

Since news that Malaysia’s haj quota has been re­stored to 30,200 pil­grims, from 27,900 pil­grims, be­gin­ning this year was an­nounced by Tabung Haji chair­man Datuk Seri Ab­dul Azeez Ab­dul Rahim yes­ter­day, Maimunah said she felt re­lieved and hoped her name would still be on next year’s list.

“I hope my dream to set foot in Mecca will come true,” she said.

In 2013, Saudi Ara­bia re­voked the haj quota by 20 per cent for ev­ery coun­try due to ex­ten­sion work at the Grand Mosque.

Mean­while, Mohd Yasin Abdullah, 72, looked for­ward to the good news.

“I am re­lieved to learn about the lat­est devel­op­ment. Hope­fully I will join this year’s haj sea­son, since my name was listed for this year,” he said.

Ear­lier in Par­lia­ment, Azeez said the Malaysian haj quota had been re­stored be­gin­ning this haj sea­son .

Azeez (BN-Bal­ing) said the ap­proval was ob­tained dur­ing Saudi Ara­bia’s King Salman Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud’s visit at the end of last month.

“As Tabung Haji chair­man, I feel proud and priv­i­leged, as King Salman’s of­fi­cial visit has brought many good things and

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