900 pilgrims attended the annual pre-departure briefing for Haj pilgrims at Max Atria, Singapore Expo on Saturday, 7 July 2018. The briefing was conducted by the Association of Muslim Travel Agents Singapore (AMTAS) with the support of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) to prepare pilgrims to meet the challenges of the Haj. For 1439H/2018, all 900 allocated places have been filled up, with about 90% first-time pilgrims.
In attendance were Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Chief Executive of Muis, Haji Abdul Razak Hassan Maricar, Mufti of Singapore, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Saad Saleh Al Saleh.
Mr Masagos officiated the Commissioning Ceremony of the Singapore Pilgrims’ Affairs Office (SPAO), appointing a team of 22 medical and administrative personnel to provide medical and welfare services to Singaporean pilgrims in the Holy Lands. Haji Mohammad Alami Musa will be this year’s Head of Delegation.
In his address, Head of Delegation, Haji Alami Musa said:
“Muis is working closely AMTAS to meet requirement from the Saudi’s Ministry of Haj to ensure smooth Haj experience. I am pleased to say that the Saudi authorities have high regard for the discipline shown by Singaporean pilgrims and we should strive to preserve this reputation. Family members of our pilgrims can also get update of their loved ones in the Holy Lands through our regular updates at social media websites.” (FB: Haj.SG / IG: Haj.SG)
Head of SPAO, Haji Muhammad Nasir Johari said:
“This year’s preparations include close working relations with travel agents (GSAs) and future pilgrims have been attending classes to prepare them spiritually, physically and mentally in light of the crowded conditions at the Holy Lands. We also ensure compliance with Health ministries from Singapore and Saudi Arabia to safeguard the health of our Singaporean pilgrims. In addition, we have taken necessary measures such as having a team of medical officers to attend to any health issues.”
Muis has been working closely with AMTAS, MFA, MOH, the Saudi Embassy and Saudi Haj authorities to ensure a smooth and safe pilgrimage for all pilgrims.