Over 5,000 benefit from PM’s special haj programme

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister’s special haj sponsorship programme, introduced seven years ago, has taken more than 5,000 people on the haj to the Holy Land, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said the programme would be continued although it had achieved its goal, so that more people would be able to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam.
In a post on his Facebook page yesterday, Najib said it was satisfying to know that the Government’s target of enabling grassroots leaders to go on the pilgrimage had been achieved.
These grassroots leaders such as imam, bilal (caller to prayer), civil servants, chairmen of village development and security committees and retired teachers had contributed a great deal to society but lacked resources, he said.
This year, about 1,100 people will get the opportunity to perform haj under the programme.
Records showed that 111 people were sponsored to go on the pilgrimage in 2011; 400 in 2012; 776 in 2013; 984 in 2014; 1,181 in 2015 and 1,090 in 2016.
Source : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/06/over-5000-benefit-from-pms-special-haj-programme/#lOuTE0QjyKdcQgDp.99
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