Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Apr 08, 2021 0 338 12345 dpa BangkokAn extra 10,000 Malaysians could travel to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj, the once-in-a-lifetime obligatory pilgrimage for devout Muslims, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday.“When the Hajj situation returns to normalcy after the Covid-19 pandemic, we will get the additional quota for our pilgrims,” Muhyiddin said, after meeting Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman in Riyadh.The announcement came at the end of Muhyiddin’s four-day visit to the kingdom.The Hajj usually draws up to 2 million Muslims to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. However the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions limited the 2020 Hajj to around 1,000 people already in Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia has not yet announced how many people can attend the Hajj this summer.Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who accompanied Muhyiddin to Saudi Arabia, said the increased quota will be “subject to the Kingdom’s approval for the Hajj this year, whether their SOPs [standard operating procedures] will limit pilgrims etc.” The annual Hajj quota is usually 0.1 per cent of the population for each of the 57 countries that are part of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Around 60 per cent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are Muslim, giving the country a previous quota of just under 32,000. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey sentences 38 former soldiers to life in prison in 2016 coup trial Apr 08, 2021 0 265 Iran gripped by fourth wave as virus numbers, deaths swell Apr 08, 2021 0 241 Indonesia sends in more rescue teams, aid to cyclone-hit areas Apr 08, 2021 0 244 Erdogan pushing for summer to disputed Istanbul Canal project Istanbul: Turkey plans to kick-start construction of a multibillion-dollar canal project that would bypass Istanbul’s Bosporus strait, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite criticism from the .. Iranian ship slightly damaged in Red Sea dpa Tehran Authorities are looking into an explosion that left an Iranian ship used to secure shipping routes slightly damaged in the Red Sea, said the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. According to the ISNA news agency, .. Indian COVID-19 cases surge, experts see critical 4 weeks ahead dpa New Delhi India reported 115,736 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday - a record spike for a second day this week - as a new wave of the pandemic continued to spread rapidly. The next four weeks were going to be critical, .. Mexico gives emergency approval to Indian vaccine dpa Mexico City Mexico has authorised the emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday. With the latest approval of .. Mrs World faces probe after on-stage tussle with Mrs Lanka dpa Colombo The reigning Mrs World is facing a police inquiry in Sri Lanka after she allegedly injured the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant during a weekend dispute about the Sri Lankan winner’s marital status, .. ‘All options open’ in Nile dam row with Ethiopia, says Egypt’s president Sissi Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Wednesday said “all options are open” in his country’s long-standing dispute with Ethiopia over a Nile dam, which Cairo fears will reduce its supply of water. ..