KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Despite the haj pilgrimage being postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) still continues its preparations, taking into account the current pandemic situation and developments in Saudi Arabia.
TH Haj executive director, Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman, said the planning and preparations had been continuously implemented since the 2020 haj season in an effort to ensure that the Malaysian haj pilgrims will be able to perform the fifth pillar of Islam smoothly.
He said one of the steps implemented was conducting 14 series of haj courses for prospective pilgrims online, including an additional series emphasising the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) in Saudi Arabia as well as the haj rules and regulations in the current environment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that TH would ensure that prospective pilgrims received their respective vaccinations and have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as required by the Saudi Arabian government before they were allowed to enter the holy land.
Apart from that, TH, during the national-level haj muzakarah held previously, has also emphasised the concept of istito’ah or ability to perform haj during the pandemic.
“In this muzakarah, it was important for us to refine and set resolutions to be used as a pilgrimage guide to perform haj in the new norm by looking at the constraints of movement and obstructions in the event of an outbreak,” he said in an interview with Bernama.
Syed Saleh said TH had also held a meeting with those handling the operations in the country involving departure stations and organised a workshop with the Ministry of Health (MOH) relating to SOPs for staff and health protocols that needed to be complied with.
He said the MOH health team will be assigned at eight departure stations in the country to monitor the health status of pilgrims before leaving for the holy land. TH will also increase the number of healthcare workers, especially public health teams to be stationed at three main locations in Jeddah, Madinah and Makkah.
“Previously, during the haj season, we have 260 medical staff from various categories including specialist doctors, nurses and pharmacists, but due to COVID-19, we need to add at least 30 more personnel to manage the pilgrims’ health and safety,” he said.
He added that this also takes into account the isolation facilities in hotels and other accommodation, the provision of medical equipment such as ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as medicines.
As part of the preparation, TH has conducted scenario planning where it details the actions to be taken at each stage of haj activities, both here and in the holy land with various possible scenarios that may occur during the haj operation.
Officers have also been provided with adequate training, knowledge and mental preparation to face the situation of the new norm in looking after the pilgrims, thus ready to become the frontliners when the haj season arrives.
“If there is a positive case of COVID-19 among Malaysian pilgrims, firstly, we will be subject to the SOPs set by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia and then we will see the SOPs, based on the current development of COVID-19.
“Secondly, we need to assess the COVID-19 infection, if it is at categories 1 and 2, then we can handle it ourselves in our hospital, except for categories 4 and 5 which require facilities in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), then we will send the case to a hospital there (Saudi Arabia),” he said.
The cost of the haj pilgrimage is 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).
He said this was based on costs related to the new norm SOPs, increased operating costs and other costs incurred in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
“I see this has an impact on the cost of the next haj pilgrimage as recently the pilgrims had to pay around RM15,000 to RM20,000 for five to seven days, involving three locations, namely Arafah, Muzdalifah and Mina and performing tawaf and saie only.
“The cost does not include the cost of hotel accommodation in Makkah and Madinah as well as food and drink, flights from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Hence, prospective pilgrims need to be prepared for this increase in costs,” he said, adding that the haj pilgrimage in 2019 costing RM9,980 per person for a period of 40 to 45 days.
He said in terms of services, to facilitate the pilgrims, TH will also launch the TH Hujjaj application in the coming haj season, which contains various important information for pilgrims to use as reference and guidance on haj, health and prayer times, thus help smooth pilgrim management.
In addition, the e-Taib (Talian Ibadah – call centre) platform will also be continued which will allow pilgrims to get clarification and guidance on haj-related questions quickly and effectively through the WhatsApp application.
(Video) Hardest Goodbye To His Best Friend, Man Got Transferred To Another State
Having a best friend in your life would be such a great blessing for many people in this whole wide world. Got the chance to spend quality time with them would build amazing memories that anyone would remember for the rest of their remaining lives. That is why it is so hard for some people to say goodbye to their best friend even if they have become grown-up. That is what actually happens towards a man in particular TikTok video that went viral recently.
According to the video, it can be seen that the man had to be transferred to another state because of his job. Before he told the big news to his friend, everything was fine and okay. The situation changes when his friend received the news. Everything turned sad and gloomy because his friend started to shed some tears in his eyes. Such emotional.
@nzarparkerkwan suka duka
For a total period of more than 2 years, that particular friend has been accompanying this TikToker that goes by the name @nizarparker most of the time. He mentioned that he did not have the gut to tell the news himself so he decided to tell his friend through Whatsapp. Even by doing it that way, the sad emotions between them could not be hidden.
Looking at the comments section, a lot of netizens could relate so much to this sad and emotional TikToker’s post.
Sources: TikTok nizarparker.
(Video) The Infamous South Korean Serial Killer Called ‘The Raincoat Killer’
Most criminals aren’t born the evil way. Sometimes, they become criminals because of their past, probably something or someone from their past would have triggered hatred, anger, and all kinds of negative feelings which results in one becoming a criminal.
Most criminals in movies have a specific outfit or they look up to someone as an inspiration. In this case, this criminal goes by the identity of ‘The Raincoat Killer’ and his biggest inspiration is Jeong Du-Yeong, another prolific killer.
Who is Yoo Young-Chul?
Yoo Young-Chul was born in Gochang, Jeonbuk, on April 18, 1970. His family was impoverished, which explains why he was tormented at school. As a result, he came to despise the wealthy. Yoo had a criminal record before becoming a serial killer; in 1988, he was arrested for theft. He was sentenced to ten months in jail for theft again in 1991. He was arrested for theft again in 1993 and sentenced to eight months in prison. Yoo was busted in 1995 for selling child pornography. In 1998, he received a two-year sentence for theft, forgery, and identity theft.
Yoo married his girlfriend in 1991 and they had a son together. He was arrested for the second time in 2000, this time for raping a 15-year-old girl, and he was sentenced to three years and six months in prison. His wife divorced him on October 27. In September 2003, he was released.
Yoo’s assassinations did not begin until 2003. He committed one of his first murders when he broke into the home of a college professor and killed him and his wife. Yoo had a profound disdain and loathing for the wealthy, who were his primary targets. He primarily preyed on the elderly. After being rejected by a prostitute, Yoo decided to focus on sex workers as his primary victims.
Yoo’s Modus Operandi for killing his victims was to bludgeon them to death with a hammer. Yoo would disguise his actions as robberies gone wrong in order to hide his traces. Yoo was also known for assaulting his sex worker victims before killing them and dismembering their remains to conceal their identities. He planned to bury their dead in a variety of spots throughout the highlands. Yoo has killed 20 people in a year. Yoo was apprehended by police in July 2004, however, he only admitted to 19 murders. He acknowledged to cannibalism during interrogation, but there was no proof to back up his accusations.
Yoo claimed that he removed and ate the livers of his victims on occasion, but this has never been proved. He also purported to be an officer, posing as one with a fake police ID. He also set fire to the bodies of some of the victims, stabbed and suffocated one of them at other times. During the killings, he donned a yellow raincoat and a baseball cap.
According to Yoo’s victims, he targeted older affluent persons, prostitutes, and masseuses. During questioning, Yoo admitted to picking wealthy victims because he was envious of their large and opulent residences. According to The Chosunilbo, who covered the story in 2004, his animosity toward the wealthy dates back to his boyhood. Yoo was tormented at school and grew up in a disadvantaged family. His animosity towards sex workers and massage victims arose from his relationship with a sex worker. His sweetheart was a member of the profession who turned him down after learning of his criminal history. Yoo’s rage grew after his divorce in 2002.
Yoo admitted that he was motivated by another prominent serial killer in South Korea, Jeong Du-Yeong. According to The Korean Herald, Yoo recalls his most terrifying experience as being when his 4-year-old son contacted him while he was caring for a victim. Yoo was sentenced to death, but prosecutors filed an appeal. It is said that the serial killer is currently being held in Seoul.
Netflix’s New Docu-Series
Apart from this gruesome story, the exciting news is that Netflix announced that ‘The Raincoat Killer: Chasing A Predator In Korea’ will be premiered on October 22. Yoo Young-chul, a legendary serial killer who came to light as a psychopath to the Korean public in 2004, is the subject of the three-part docuseries.
(Video) Remembering Furry Bestie, Owner Shares Sweet ‘Fluffy The Rider’ Memories
A pet cat would definitely be one of the best companions that any individual in this whole wide world could have in their own house. This is because they are so adorable to be with and also could entertain us all the time. One of the most famous pet cats that would be so well-known in Malaysia for being so loyal and also close with its owner would be none other than ‘Fluffy The Rider’. This particular white cat is definitely a pet cat that would be loved by everyone.
This pet cat is known as ‘FluffyThe Rider’ has been famous all over social media over the past few years for riding a motorcycle by being on its owner’s shoulder, without fear of the surrounding environment or even the public. Sadly, the cat has left the world and many people are so saddened about it. Recently, the owner has posted a video on the TikTok app reminiscing about ‘Fluffy The Rider’. The video went viral on the app and attract many netizens to watch.
@fluffyempire69Fluffy in memories♬ original sound – FluffyEmpire69 – Fluffy Empire
The owner mentioned before that the cause of death could not be identified. ‘Fluffy The Rider’ suddenly had an eye pain, then followed by a watery mouth. The heartfelt video posted on TikTok app tells the whole story about the life of ‘Fluffy The Rider’ and also its owner since the cat with only Papa up until when Papa got married. So sad to watch.
Looking at the comments section, a lot of netizens would also feel sad and touched by the video because the pure emotional connection that ‘Fluffy The Rider’ and the owner’s family have was so authentic and original.
There are some netizens that commented asking about Fluffy’s kittens, hence the owner decided to reveal them in the next video. The kittens are definitely so adorable to watch.
@fluffyempire69Reply to @indahalam1304 ada..
Sources: TikTok Fluffy Empire.
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