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FT’s Islamic Religious Council says it has nothing to do with the case of stranded Haj pilgrims

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A total of 380 would-be Haj pilgrims were stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday after they were suspected of being deceived by a travel agency. — photo by Bernama

Friday 08 Jul 2022 17:41 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 – The Islamic Religious Council of the Federal Territory (MAIWP) today denied involvement in the case involving approximately 380 would-be Haj pilgrims who were stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre, KLIA, yesterday allegedly scammed by a travel agency.

MAIWP Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Daud Bakar said this followed a viral photo showing two people believed to be the travel agency’s staff, holding a banner on the Haj package provided by the company with the MAIWP Healthcare Sdn Bhd logo on it.

“They have nothing to do with MAIWP and MAIWP Healthcare, as our subsidiary only acts as a supplier.

“They (the travel agency) are using the services of MAIWP Healthcare to provide medical equipment there (in Makkah) and it is understood that payments have been made to MAIWP Healthcare,” he said during of a wakaf distribution ceremony here today.

Mohd Daud pointed out that MAIWP and its affiliates are not responsible for the management of pilgrims.

Expressing his regret for the incident, he hopes that the parties involved will take full responsibility for what happened.

The future Haj pilgrims, who were gathered at level 5, KLIA Departure Hall, would have received the furada or private Haj visa to make their pilgrimage without going through Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH).

The furada visa is a private visa that would have been issued by Saudi Arabia, without involving the quota allocated to TH. — Bernama