Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin May 04, 2021 0 979 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 26 killed in Bangladesh boat collision May 04, 2021 0 248 Nepal suspends all flights until May 14 amid spike in Covid cases May 04, 2021 0 268 India’s vaccine and oxygen crisis deepens as caseload nears 20 mn May 04, 2021 0 259 Israel’s state comptroller to open special probe into stampede deaths Tel Aviv: Israel’s state comptroller wants to look into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 45 people in a stampede at a religious festival last week, in addition to an already ongoing police investigation, the .. Syrian court approves three, including al-Assad, to run for elections Damascus: Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court has approved three candidates to run in the May 26 presidential race, among them current President Bashar al-Assad, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday. .. Philippines’ top diplomat doesn’t mince words in China sea dispute dpa Manila The Philippines’ top diplomat on Monday used less-than-diplomatic language to tell China to get out of the country’s waters, after months of repeated demands for hundreds of Chinese ships to leave disputed .. Iran denies talks about releasing prisoners to gain access to funds dpa Tehran There is no truth to a report that Iran is preparing to free five prisoners in exchange for access to bank accounts that have long been frozen due to diplomatic disputes with Britain and the US, said the Iranian .. S’pore pauses most hospital care as virus numbers rise dpa Bangkok Singapore’s Health Ministry on Monday said it “has asked all hospitals to defer non-urgent surgeries and admissions” after a modest uptick in coronavirus case numbers over the past week. Would-be patients .. Floods kill 4 people in eastern Yemen Sana’a: Floods in the eastern Yemeni province of Hadramaut have killed four people and injured two in the past 24 hours, emergency authorities in the country said on Monday. Torrential rains have destroyed 10 houses in ..