Malaysia

MACC probing Tabung Haji officers for ‘express haj’ service

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is currently investigating five members of a syndicate, including Tabung Haji officers, who have allegedly been offering “express haj” services to pilgrims.

The New Straits Times today quoted MACC special operations director Datuk Mohd Jamidan Abdullah as saying that the commission was investigating cases where pilgrims on the haj waiting list were offered the chance to “jump queue”.

The commission has interviewed more than 30 Tabung Haji employees so far in its probe into the syndicate.

Tabung Haji communications manager Anis Zuhani Ahmad said the board had tightened security measures to prevent similar cases in the future, and that it was working together with the MACC on the matter.

“The management became aware of the illegal activities three years ago and an internal investigation was launched. Following the probe, we identified the culprits inside Tabung Haji and action had taken,” Anis was quoted by NST as saying.

It is understood the syndicate approached prospective pilgrims and promised to “push” their names forward on the list of eligible haj pilgrims for a certain year.

It was previously reported that the syndicate charged each pilgrim between RM1,000 and RM2,000 for the service.

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