Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa today reiterated that the quota for Malaysian haj pilgrims remains at 30,200, and Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) is working on increasing it.
The minister in charge of Islamic affairs said any increase in quota is subject to Saudi Arabia’s approval.
“The Saudi government does not have a specific date to reply to applications for additional quota.
“According to TH records, they previously received replies on the matter from Saudi authorities during the months of Ramadan, Syawal and Zulkaedah, and in fact, even in the month of Zulhijjah,” he said on Facebook today.
Mujahid was responding to Umno Youth chief Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki’s statement, as reported by Utusan Malaysia today, that Malaysia has lost an additional quota of 10,000 pilgrims due to poor relations between the Pakatan Harapan government and Riyadh.
“The statement is a malicious lie to scare Muslims and it is totally not true. The haj quota remains the same.”
He urged Utusan to report accurately as remarks made about TH have a big impact on Muslims.
The pilgrims’ fund, too, denied Asyraf’s comments and called on him to stop making sensational and inaccurate remarks that have political motives and can cause confusion.
“The official quota granted by Saudi Arabia this year is 30,200. To reduce the waiting time for pilgrims, TH applied early for an additional quota of 10,000 pilgrims for this year’s haj season.
“TH is still waiting for an official decision on the request,” it said in a statement.
The fund said its records showed that requests for additional quota made in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 were not approved.