Wed01242018

LAST_UPDATEWed, 24 Jan 2018 9am

Cancellation Of Imams Umrah Visa System Apt - PM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak described the cancellation of the Integrated Manasik Monitoring System (Imams) for the umrah visa application, as an appropriate measure.

"I disagree with the Imams system being implemented for Umrah visa applications. The announcement of the cancellation is very apt," he said through his Twitter account.

The Imams cancellation was announced by Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin today.

Following the cancellation of the Imams system, Mas Ermieyati said the government would be looking for a more effective new way of handling umrah package frauds.

In a press conference yesterday, Mas Ermieyati said that Imams implementation, which was the sole official access of umrah visa application to be processed by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Malaysia, aimed at addressing the umrah package frauds in the country.

Among other things, Imams imposed certain charges that were perceived by the community as additional costs for performing umrah.

- Bernama