KUCHENG, June 23: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patengji Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg tonight received a total of 142 potential pilgrims from Sarawak before their departure for the Holy Land.
In his address, Abang Johari prayed to all potential pilgrims to be able to perform their worship well and calmly and to return home with a successful pilgrimage.
“Together, we take care of our health in this COVID-19 situation.
“I hope that worshipers will also adhere to the guidelines that have been put in place so that they do not cause infectious diseases,” he said.
He said this while addressing the ceremony of leaving Sarawak pilgrims here tonight.
The wife of Sarawak Chief Minister, Puan Sri Datuk Amar Jamaani Tun Tuanku Pujang, was also present.
This year, Saudi authorities approved a quota of 14,306 potential Malaysian pilgrims to perform the fifth pillar of Islam with 344 pilgrims from Sarawak.
Abang Johari said he also prayed that next year, more Hajj quotas would be given to Malaysian pilgrims.
Meanwhile, the maiden flight from Kuching International Airport (LIK) was scheduled at 10.55 last night to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) using Malaysia Airlines plane.
The group will then continue its journey to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with an expected arrival time of 6.55 am local time there.
This year, Malaysia Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines flew a total of 48 flights to bring pilgrims from Malaysia.