More financial counters for pilgrims

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More financial counters for pilgrims

More financial counters for pilgrims

Monday, October 10, 2011
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These pilgrims will benefit from more financial counters. -- Photo from Felda Travel

MECCA: In an effort to improve services for pilgrims in the holy land, Tabung Haji has added eight financial counters in Mecca and two in Medina.

Tabung Haji financial operations manager here Mustakim Mohammad said that with the additions, counters can now be found at 23 locations in Mecca and four locations in Medina.

Previously the mobile teams operated only in selected hospitals for the convenience of pilgrims receiving treatment but has since been expanded to include hostels.

"Services provided at these counters include storage, production and collection of payment for sacrifices and fines," said Mustakim.

This haj season 45 financial officers are on duty, of which 36 are located in Mecca and nine in Medina.

Transactions are only in Saudi Riyal and pilgrims can only make payment for sacrifices and fines using cash or debit via their accounts.

Pilgrims can withdraw a maximum RM10,000 cash in one transaction and are not encouraged to withdraw cash in large amounts. Counter staff are also reminded to advise pilgrims who withdraw over RM1,000 to spend wisely. -- Bernama