Malaysian Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary has said that “the cost of performing the Haj is expected to be known before early next year, However, he did not rule out the possibility that the cost would increase, following the decision by the Saudi Arabian government to raise the value-added tax (VAT) rate to 15%.
“The cost is also expected to increase due to the enforcement of new standard operating procedures (SOP) to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The actual cost for performing the haj will be announced after the cabinet meeting which is expected to take place before early next year,” he told a press conference after the launch of Klinik Rohani here on Tuesday (Nov 9).
It was previously reported that the cost of the Haj pilgrimage was expected to increase, largely linked to physical distancing such as in hotel rooms and buses, as well as the limited movement of pilgrims inside the Masjidil Haram (the Grand Mosque).
Meanwhile, Ahmad Marzuk said the government would continue to provide subsidy to individuals who wished to perform the haj.
“Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cost of the haj was about RM24,000, but each pilgrim was only required to pay RM9,980, as the rest was borne by the government,” he said.
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