Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a national Hajj specific organisation, working for the welfare and wellbeing of British Hajj/Umrah pilgrims, welcomes the initiative taken by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to combat and reduce corruption, such as trading in influence and abuse of power, as well as corruption in the private sector, such as embezzlement and money laundering.
ABH also praises the statement issued by Khaled Al-Muhaisen, the President of National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) of Saudi Arabia, that under the royal directives no one can claim immunity for corruption in the Kingdom.
ABH urges the authorities in the Kingdom that they should also look into the issue of widespread corruption and malpractice amongst rogue and unscrupulous Hajj/Umrah service providers, which has now become a global phenomenon. These service providers are causing extreme hardship, trauma, financial exploitation, and mental anguish to the innocent and vulnerable Hajj/Umrah pilgrims including sick, elderly and the disabled from around the world.
Pilgrims are angry and frustrated about the persisting price hike, the obscene prices they are being charged and the non-delivery of promised services during their performing of Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. It is a total rip-off compared to similar travel packages to other travel destinations around the world. In view that many pilgrims are likely to have spent their life-savings to fulfil their desires and wishes to perform their religious obligations, it’s time that authorities in the kingdom should adopt a zero tolerance policy against these rogue service providers and their corruptions must be strongly dealt with.