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Fri, 09/05/2008 - 12:12
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 (Bernama) -- A total of 27,000 Muslim pilgrims will go on the 'haj' (pilgrimage) to Mecca this year, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid said there was a long waiting list of people who had registered to go on pilgimage for some years to come.

"Priority is given to those who are old and those who had registered
early," he said after a breaking of fast function with the media and staff of
the Pilgrims Fund Board (TH) at Tabung Haji headquarters here Thursday.

"Based on lessons learnt, we have more doctors including six Saudi Arabian
specialists at the pilgrims' quarters including specialists who will accompany
them to Arafah, Muzdalifah and Mina," he said.

The first group, he said, would leave on Oct 30 and would return on Dec 21
while the last pilgrims are expected to return on Jan 14 next year.

On Tabung Haji's Ramadhan Ihya' programme held each year, Ahmad Zahid said
RM1.84 million had been allocated for distribution to 3,000 receipients around
the country.

Earlier, 100 aid receipients from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor received cash
contributions from Tabung Haji and hampers of daily essentials from TH
Properties Sdn Bhd.

TH Plantation Bhd also donated 22,000 copies of the Quran to plantation
workers of PT. TH Indo Plantation in Riau and to mosques around Riau and