PUTRAJAYA NOV.12: With the arrival of 23 Malaysian Umrah pilgrims via the Malaysia Airlines (MH8023) from Jeddah today at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 1.20pm, all 63 people who had been stranded in Saudi Arabia since June 2022 had returned safely.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said, the first trip with 36 people had returned on 4th Nov. followed by the second trip with four pilgrims arrived 7th Nov. 2022.
The statement added, the arrangement to bring back the Umrah pilgrims who were stranded had been implemented by complying the procedures and abiding the laws of Saudi Arabia government.
“The government of Malaysia would like to record appreciation and gratitude to all the parties involved in assisting this effort.
“Malaysian citizens are advised to abide and respect the laws of the host country to avoid any problems while staying overseas,” MOFA said in its statement.
Meanwhile, on 7th Oct. 2022 MOFA in its statement said, 63 Umrah pilgrims brought to Medina by Naqsyabandiyah Al-Kholidiah group in March this year were stranded in Saudi Arabia since June 2022.
The statement added, the pilgrims consist of 28 adults and 35 children had been in Medina since they arrived without being taken to Mecca to perform their Umrah.
“Following the violation of the local law, the government of Saudi Arabia had instructed the head of the group to leave the country on 20th Aug.2022,” the statement said.- Malaysia World News