We have ap­proved 3,700 prox­ies, says of­fi­cial

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TABUNG Haji (TH) hopes to ful­fil 5,000 re­quests for badal haji (proxy haj) from Malaysia this year, TH op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor (guid­ance) Tengku Aziz Raja Ab­dul­lah said.

TH has ap­proved 3,700 prox­ies af­ter in­ter­view­ing and vet­ting ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived from July 27 to 29.

“We will open counters to ac­cept more (proxy) ap­pli­ca­tions on Sun­day and Mon­day (Aug 6 and 7). Se­lec­tion will be based on our in­ter­views, and once we are sat­is­fied that they are qual­i­fied to per­form the haj,” he said here.

Badal haji is haj per­formed on be­half of a per­son phys­i­cally un­fit or de­ceased.

The per­son who is go­ing to per­form the haj on some­one else’s be­half is known as mah­moor and on whose be­half he is do­ing haj is known as aamir.

Tengku Aziz said TH had com­put­erised the badal haji sys­tem and kept a data­base of qual­i­fied mah­moor in­ter­viewed in pre­vi­ous years.

“Some of them are on hol­i­day and have not yet re­turned. Oth­ers stay a bit far from here and will come soon. In­sya-Al­lah (God will­ing), we will be able to meet the 5,000 re­quests.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for badal haji are capped at 5,000 a year, with each cost­ing about RM3,000. The mah­moor, com­pris­ing Mecca lo­cals who have al­ready per­formed the haj, are paid 2,400 Riyals (RM2,740) to per­form the badal haji — 1000 Riyals up front and the bal­ance 1,400 Riyals af­ter the com­ple­tion of wukuf.

“At the time they re­ceive the sec­ond pay­ment, we will in­ter­view them again. That way, we can mon­i­tor whether they have com­pleted the haj prop­erly.”

Over the three days of ap­pli­ca­tions, long lines of ap­pli­cants were seen lin­ing up at the lobby of TH’s Mecca head­quar­ters at Abraj Al-Janadriyah. Badal haji can be per­formed by a man or wo­man for any other man or wo­man.

Asked to com­ment on com­monly seen no­tices back home in Malaysia — usu­ally near surau and mosques — ad­ver­tis­ing proxy haj for as low as RM1,500 per per­son, Tengku Aziz said he was not sure how it was pos­si­ble to per­form haj at that price.

“Even the 2,400 Riyals that we of­fer is con­sid­ered low. My ad­vice is to make sure they find some­one who can per­form the haj and meets the con­di­tions. This is about ful­fill­ing the re­quest of the de­ceased. They should be cer­tain the haj is car­ried out prop­erly,” he added.

Tabung Haji op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor (guid­ance) Tengku Aziz Raja Ab­dul­lah in­ter­view­ing a ‘mah­moor’ can­di­date in Mecca yes­ter­day.

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