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KUALA TERENGGANU, April 20 (Bernama) -- The construction of the Pilgrims

Fund Management Board (Tabung Haji) complex in Mukim Kuala Nerus here is

expected to be completed on schedule.

The board''s senior general manager for corporate finance and services, Mohd

Hisham Harun said work on the complex costing RM70.3 million had already begun

with five per cent done.

"The board''s operation at the complex is expected to begin in July next

year," he told reporters at the handing over of zakat (tithe) collection by the

board to the Terengganu Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maidam),

here, today.

Tabung Haji obtained approval in June 1995 to build the complex on a 3.2ha

piece of land near the Sultan Mahmud Airport. The project is being developed by

TH Properties Sdn Bhd, its wholly-owned subsidiary.

Mohd Hisham said building the complex was another move by Tabung Haji to

improve its services to pilgrims, particularly those from Terengganu, Pahang and

Kelantan.

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He said the complex would have a hotel with 182 rooms, a multipurpose

banquet hall, swimming pools for men and women as well as other facilities.

The complex was specially designed for use during the Haj season with a

special arrival hall, registration and Immigration counters, baggage inspection

area and a departure hall, he said.

There will also be a conference hall which can accommodate up to 1,000

people.

Mohd Hisham said the complex would be used for the Haj flight operations

directly to Jeddah and Medina without having to go through the Kuala

Lumpur International Airport.

At the ceremony, Tabung Haji presented on behalf of its depositors in

Terengganu, tithe payment of RM2,931,925.89 and RM150,000 from its

subsidiary, TH Travel & Services Sdn Bhd, to Tengku Sri Bendahara Raja, Tengku

Mustafa Kamel Sultan Mahmud who represented Maidam.

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