ALOR SETAR HAJ COMPLEX TO BECOME TABUNG HAJI'S STRATEGIC BUSINESS - JAMIL KHIR

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ALOR SETAR, Oct 6 (Bernama) -- Upon its completion in 2013, the Alor Setar

Haj Complex here will not only enable the Pilgrims Fund Board (Tabung Haji) to

improve its haj services and operations, but will also become its strategic

business.

Minister in the Prime Minister''s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom

said the RM86 million complex was located at a very strategic location which was

about one kilometre away from the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport and only 10

kilometres away from the city.

"The complex, which will also comprise a four-star hotel with a three-star

rates, will definitely help generate income for Tabung Haji through the

hospitality and tourism sector.

"The complex will also become a strategic transit location and smoothen the

ground handling of the haj operations for pilgrims from the northern zones,

especially Kedah and Perlis."

He said this to reporters after attending the ground-breaking ceremony of

the complex, officiated by Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu''adzam Shah in

Kepala Batas here today.

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JAMIL-COMPLEX 2 (LAST) ALOR SETAR

Jamil Khir said the project also proved that Tabung Haji had always strived

to improve its haj operation management services.

Meanwhile, Tabung Haji chief executive officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said the

complex, which would be built on a four-hectare site, would have a 210-room

hotel, a convention centre with a sitting capacity for 1,500 people and a

separate swimming pools for men and women.

"The Alor Setar Haj Complex will also manage direct haj flights to Jeddah

and Medina for pilgrims from the northern zones without having to go through KL

International Airport (KLIA)," he said.

As such, he said the complex would also have special areas for pilgrims''

arrivals, registrations, health examinations, luggage inspections, immigration

and briefing sessions.

Apart from Alor Setar, two other Tabung Haji complexes are also being

constructed near KLIA, which is expected to be completed in 2014, and in

Terengganu, which is expected to be fully operational next year.

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