MAKKAH, Aug 31 (Bernama) — Tabung Haji (TH) endeavours to ensure that the hostels for Malaysian haj pilgrims will remain as close as possible to the Masjidil Haram (Grand Mosque) for their convenience and comfort.
TH Haj Consul Redhuan Sabaruddin said the distance of the nine buildings, which were rented and turned into seven hostels for Malaysian pilgrims for this year’s haj season, was between 650 metres and one kilometre from the Grand Mosque.
“We hope to be able to continue renting the buildings for more years to come.
However, efforts to identify suitable buildings to house the pilgrims (for the next haj season) will be taken as soon as this year’s haj season is over,” he told reporters here, Monday.
As of now, he said TH’s rental contracts on seven out of the nine buildings, which could accommodate 18,000 pilgrims, were still valid for two to three more years.
“This year, our haj quota is 22,320 pilgrims. So, we have found additional buildings, which are suitable and located not far from the Grand Mosque, to house Malaysian haj pilgrims,” Redhuan said.
Generally, he said the hostels for Malaysian pilgrims were still in close proximity to the Grand Mosque compared to those for pilgrims from other countries, which might be more than one kilometre away from the mosque.