Ignore rumours and concentrate on haj, pilgrims told


MECCA: Malaysian pilgrims making the haj have been advised to concentrate on their tasks and disregard rumours such as the Malaysian ringgit not being acceptable in Saudi Arabia.

They should consult the pilgrims fund, Tabung Haji, if they have doubts or concerns, said the head of the Malaysian haj delegation, Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman.

He was here to welcome the arrival of 473 more pilgrims, with 16 accompanying Tabung Haji staff, bringing the total number of Malaysian pilgrims to 11,934 so far.

The claim about the Malaysian ringgit was reported by an online portal but was denied by minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Jamil Khir Baharom, who said Malaysian pilgrims did not face such a problem at all.

Tabung Haji had also set up counters for money withdrawals based on the Saudi riyal exchange rate, and Syed Saleh confirmed foreign exchange counters also accepted the ringgit.