Malaysia Asks for Increase in Haj Quota

RIYADH: Malaysia has made a request to Saudi Arabia for the official haj quota to be increased from the current 31,600.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the request was made as Malaysia’s population has increased to 31.95 million.

The increase in the annual haj quota, he said, would also allow more Malaysians to perform the haj.

Muhyiddin also requested for approval to allow Malaysian umrah pilgrims to perform the umrah at the soonest possible opportunity in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reiterating Malaysia’s commitment to further strengthen the existing fraternal relations between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, Muhyiddin extended Malaysia’s appreciation to Saudi ruler King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud at being given the opportunity to be the first leader of a country to undertake an official visit to the kingdom following the historic Al Ula Conference on Jan 5 last year.

“We are satisfied with the excellent state of brotherly relations and strong bond of friendship between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia and we affirm our commitment to elevate the existing bilateral ties to greater heights,” he said.


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