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Minister to visit Saudi Arabia for details on haj SOPs

Religious affairs minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri says he will travel to Saudi Arabia in a week or two.

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri is scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia soon to get details on the SOPs for this coming season’s haj pilgrimage.

He said the government would decide on the sending of Malaysians for the haj pilgrimage after getting details on the SOPs.

“I’ll be going there in about a week or two to find out details on the SOPs for the haj pilgrimage,” he told reporters after launching a fund by the Kedah Islamic Foundation in Alor Setar today.

Last year, the Saudi Arabian government announced various conditions for pilgrims to perform the haj, including a cap of 10,000 people who must all be screened before their arrival in Mecca and Madinah.

The country’s health minister, Dr Tawfiq al-Rabiah, was also reported to have said that Covid-19 vaccination would be mandatory, and that this was part of the main conditions for all pilgrims who would perform the haj pilgrimage in July.

On Covid-19 vaccinations for those going for the haj pilgrimage this year, Zulkifli said the matter would be worked out with the ministries of health and science, technology and innovation.

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