The Saudi Arabia government is in the midst of deciding whether it should impose restrictions on or enforce a suspension of haj and umrah pilgrims from Malaysia over recent Bersih 3.0 gatherings in Mecca and Medina recently.
Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom told Bernama that Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Malaysia Fahad A. H. Al-Rashid had informed him of the news at a meeting last Friday.
The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department added that he had reiterated the “government’s stand against such misbehaviour involving a small group of people. Furthermore, the protests were staged outside the country.”
He said the Saudi government did not take lightly any form of unlawful assembly, especially after the recent Arab Spring, and as a result, had imposed sanctions on some countries in the past.
Jamil Khir said the government is concerned Saudi authorities may decide to reduce the haj pilgrimage quota and visas approved this year.
Those involved in Bersih 3.0 protests in Mecca and Medina had only served to tarnish the country’s image as Malaysian pilgrims have won praise from the Saudi king for their discipline in the past, he added.
Speaking on a separate issue, the minister said the Islamic Development Department would cooperate with the Home Ministry to get a book on marriage by Middle Eastern Study Group banned as its contents allegedly condone same-sex relationships.
Bersih is clean. Halal. Corruption, abuse of power is dirty, haram. By the way what bersih rally got to do with haj and Saudi arabia. I smell stinking plan by the UMNO BN working in cahoots with the Saudi Arabia bourgies to paint bersih and PR as the cause of haj suspension. Proofs UMNO BN will do anything and everything, even to the extend of destroying religion to hold on to power. How come Saudi did not suspend haj after previous bersih 1 and 2?
Bersih ain't political event, those who grouping in Mecca and Medina simply gather around, and show support for the cleanliness of our electoral process, at the end of the day hoping we get a TRULY elected government CHOSEN by the rakyat. What's the problem with that? Unless some people from our government trying to provok the Saudis in doing so....which I bet thats the case. Shame on you BN!
Technically and definitely....the Saudi government will reduced the number of Haj pilgrimages. What this very sinful minister, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said was actually twisting the fact. Knowing too well that so many buildings which include hotels are demolized to make way for new bigger hotels some are still in progress, so definitely the Saudi government have to reduced the number of pilgrimages not only from Malaysia but all over the world because of not enough accommodation. This idiot use this tactic to twist the real situation around to make it political....you become more and more sinful by the day. For your infor, I just come back from MECCA last week for my UMRAH.