Unfounded statements on haj can hurt ties with Saudis, warns Mujahid

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof says it is the right of the Saudi Arabian government to give the additional 10,000 pilgrims quota to any country it chose. (Reuters pic)

PARIT BUNTAR: All parties are urged not to make unfounded statements on the country’s haj quota as these could jeopardise the good relations between Malaysia and the Saudi Arabian government.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof stressed that it was Saudi Arabia’s right to set the haj quota and any additional quotas given based on appeal.

“Do not drag the issue of the additional quota of 10,000 haj pilgrims by alleging that the Pakatan Harapan government has not done good things for Islam because this is a dangerous statement.

“Do not go overboard in the guise to defend Islam.

“Over the last few years, Saudi Arabia has not given us that quota.

“Maybe they (Saudi Arabia) will give at the last minute,” he said after closing a community programme, Jumdesa 6.0, at Kampung Sungai Megat Aris, Bagan Tiang, near here today.

Mujahid was commenting on a statement made by Umno Youth head Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki yesterday alleging that Malaysia had lost the additional quota of 10,000 because of the sour relations between the PH government and Saudi Arabia.

Asyraf’s statement was made during an event in Mergong, Kedah, last Friday and was published by Utusan Malaysia.

Mujahid, who is Parit Buntar MP, said Asyraf and Utusan Malaysia should apologise to the people of Malaysia for making a negative statement about haj pilgrims and the Saudi Arabian government.

He said it was the right of the Saudi Arabian government to give the additional quota to any country it chose.

“I have gone to Saudi Arabia and there are no problems in the relationship between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.”

On the Ummah Unity Rally held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Mujahid said it was organised to stir up political sentiments so that Muslims would have a negative view of the PH government.