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Brunei govt reimburses Haj pilgrims
Publication Date : 20-09-2013
The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) announced yesterday His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam had consented to the provision of financial assistance to 104 Haj pilgrims who had been affected by quota cuts last year.
This was mentioned by Acting Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pengiran Hj Bahar, the chairperson for Haj Pilgrims Advisory Council, at a press conference yesterday.
The financial assistance, which comes as an advance payment of US$564,206, will be given to 104 intending Haj pilgrims.
The pilgrims have yet to be reimbursed after being affected by quota cuts last year.
The money will only be given to pilgrims who are performing the Haj this year to help them meet required payments to their current Haj agencies before their departure.
During the press conference, the chairperson explained that the affected Haj companies would be required to reimburse the government in one go or in instalments for financial loses incurred.
The financial assistance is designed to help last year's would-be Haj pilgrims perform ibadah (worship) this year and is a "akhirat (hereafter) investment" by His Majesty's government.
This reflects the utmost care and concern of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for his subjects. It is also designed to encourage Muslims in the country to perform the fifth pillar of Islam, the chairperson said.