THE Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has not received any reports on cases of fraudulent haj by proxy (badal haji) services involving haj and umrah travel agencies thus far, Minister Nancy Shukri said.
However, the minister added that officials always monitor all registered haj and umrah travel agencies, and will take appropriate action including revoking licences if required.
“Thus far, there have been no reports (of fraud). We have always heard about them but we will continue to monitor,” she said in Putrajaya today, following reports on haj and umrah travel agencies offering haj by proxy services from as low as RM1,700 to RM3,000 per person.
The seemingly attractive offer does not match some of the rules set by the Saudi Arabian government at this time.
Haj by proxy is the act of performing haj rituals on behalf of someone who is unable to perform haj themselves and it is even permissible to perform haj by proxy for people who are terminally ill.
Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) operations director (guidance) Tengku Aziz Raja Abdullah was reported to have said that those interested in haj by proxy services were advised to identify the performer’s identity and not just pay without checking because there are certain conditions set and it cannot simply be performed by just anyone. – Bernama, June 23, 2022.