Some Malaysians faking vaccine forms to go on pilgrimages

Malaysians returning from the haj arriving at the Kuala Lumpur airport in August last year. Muslims are obliged to perform the haj pilgrimage at least once, and each year, about 30,000 Malaysians fulfil that obligation.
Malaysians returning from the haj arriving at the Kuala Lumpur airport in August last year. Muslims are obliged to perform the haj pilgrimage at least once, and each year, about 30,000 Malaysians fulfil that obligation.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Malaysia's growing problem with individuals who reject vaccinations, sometimes on unfounded claims, has spread to those performing Islamic pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia.

Despite strict rules requiring those going on the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites be vaccinated first, The Sunday Times has learnt that some have breached the rules by getting travel agents and/or doctors to falsify vaccination forms.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'Some Malaysians faking vaccine forms to go on pilgrimages'. Print Edition | Subscribe