MALAYSIA: ISSUANCE OF FURADA VISA IS ABSOLUTE RIGHT OF SAUDI GOVT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The issuance of the Furada Visa (private visa) to certain individuals or company offering pilgrimage packages is the absolute right of the Saudi Arabian government, according to the Pilgrims Fund Board (Tabung Haji).

As such, (Tabung Haji) (TH) Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Johan Abdullah said pilgrims who were issued with the visa were advised to engage the services of TH-licensed haj operators.

TH would like to advise the public to be wary and not to be easily deceived into buying haj packages being offered by individuals or agencies not licensed by TH, he said in a statement yesterday.

Tuesday, it was reported that 35 individuals suffered losses amounting to RM1.6 million after being cheated by a travel agency offering VIP packages using Furada Visa to perform the haj this year.

The victims, who were scheduled to leave for the holy land in August, were stranded following visa and flight issues.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK