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‘Umrah scammers will pay’


KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism and Culture Ministry (Motac) is looking at instituting heavier penalties for religious tour operators who cheat consumers with scam umrah (minor pilgrimage) packages.

Ministry Deputy secretary-general Haslina Abdul Hamid said this after launching the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents’ (MATTA) first B2B Umrah and Muslim Holidays for 2018 at a hotel here yesterday.

Since 2012 till May this year, Haslina said there had been a total of 359 cases of umrah fraud reported to the ministry, with total losses of RM12.4mil.

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The Star Online