PM gives warm send-off to first group of haj pilgrims

SEPANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob gave the first group of Malaysian haj pilgrims departing for Saudi Arabia a warm send off at the Movenpick Convention Centre here on Saturday (June 4).

The first group of 298 pilgrims will depart for the Holy Land via Saudia Airlines flight SV 5635 at 1.35 pm on Saturday from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad; Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz; Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amrin Awaluddin and Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Malaysia Datuk Dr Mahmoud Hussien Saeed Qattan.

The Saudi Arabian government has allocated a haj quota of 14,306 pilgrims to Malaysia this year. Malaysian pilgrims were unable to perform haj for two years, in 20202 and 2021, due to restrictions following the Covid-19 pandemic. – Bernama