Em­bassy helps speed up process

New Straits Times - - News -

GURUN: The de­lay in the de­par­ture of pil­grims to the Holy Land has been re­duced sig­nif­i­cantly over the past week fol­low­ing the in­ter­ven­tion from the Em­bassy of Saudi Ara­bia in Malaysia to speed up the process.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom said the gov­ern­ment-formed task force was work­ing with the em­bassy, ad­ding that the process was much smoother as com­pared with the flights last month.

“The Saudi Ara­bian gov­ern­ment is aware of the sit­u­a­tion and their em­bassy has is­sued an or­der to ex­pe­dite the process.

“Thanks to their co­op­er­a­tion, we have sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the de­lay in ap­prov­ing visa for our pil­grims.”

He said the de­lay would be fur­ther re­duced be­fore the fi­nal flights on Aug 26, ad­ding that Tabung Haji had been up­dat­ing af­fected pil­grims daily.

He said some 50 per cent of the 30,000 pil­grims had al­ready departed for the Holy Land, ad­ding that he was con­fi­dent that the re­main­ing pil­grims would de­part for their haj on time.

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