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Tabung Haji studying need for targeted haj payments to help B40 perform pilgrimage

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 (Bernama) — Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) is learning the necessity to make a focused structuring of haj funds in accordance with the potential and earnings of the pilgrims to assist those that want to carry out the non secular pilgrimage.

TH Haj Executive Director Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman stated the structuring of the haj fee might assist potential pilgrims, particularly the B40 group, to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam regardless of being much less ready.

He stated no determination had been made on the matter to this point, because it wanted to contemplate suggestions from varied events.

“Roughly talking, there are ‘muassasah’ pilgrims, there are non-public package deal pilgrims. The pilgrims of this non-public package deal are those that can afford it and don’t want monetary help, whereas the muassasah pilgrims have varied classes, together with the low-income group.

“We take this matter into account, and we get feedback from various parties including economists, academics, travel agents and the government whether it is necessary to create another targeted pilgrimage payment structure according to their capabilities,” he stated on the Ruang Bicara programme broadcast by Bernama TV entitled, “Understanding the Issues of Cost, Assistance and Payment for Haj’ right here tonight.

He additionally denied that the rise in prices for muassasah pilgrims this yr is as a result of monetary difficulties confronted by TH because the physique had introduced dividend distribution to contributors, which confirmed that its monetary standing was sound.

He stated the rise was as a substitute on account of inflation, tax components and different companies in Saudi Arabia.

Syed Saleh additionally stated that the price of haj is your complete value incurred for your complete pilgrimage, protecting the haj fee and haj monetary help, and it’s divided into direct and oblique prices.

“Direct prices are prices that have to be paid to carry out the haj, together with flight prices, lodging, meals, bus transport and companies ready by Saudi Arabia whereas oblique prices are companies and services ready by TH freed from cost for pilgrims equivalent to guide publications, haj programs, funds for officers and well being companies.

“Haj financial assistance is payments borne by TH for a pilgrim while haj payment is payments borne by pilgrims who perform the haj,” he stated.

On the estimated whole prices and haj fee for this yr, he stated the matter can be introduced quickly.

According to Saleh, TH is at present ready for the Saudi authorities to announce the quota of Malaysian pilgrims allowed to carry out the haj for this season.

On April 9, the Saudi Haj and Umrah Ministry introduced the whole haj pilgrims for the season of 1443 Hijrah/2022 AD was restricted to 1,000,000 native and worldwide pilgrims.

The ministry acknowledged that the variety of worldwide pilgrims this yr would comply with the allotted quota for every nation taking into account compliance of all healthcare standards.

The standards embrace pilgrims have to be below 65 and have accomplished their primer COVID-19 vaccination as authorized by the Saudi Health Ministry and pilgrims wanted to submit a adverse COVID PCR check taken inside 72 hours earlier than departure.

Saudi Arabia allowed solely 60,000 home pilgrims, each Saudi nationals and foreigners within the nation, to carry out the haj final yr.

— BERNAMA

 



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