Appeal from kidney ailment sufferers

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SUFFERERS of kidney ailments who work in or have retired from government service have requested that they be allowed to withdraw the Haj passage allowance granted to civil servants to fund the passage of their family members or others who will perform the Haj on their behalf.

The appeal was put forward by the Brunei Muara district representative to the State Legislative Council, Hj Bakar Mansor, at yesterday's meeting to discuss the state budget allocations.

Those with kidney problems are restricted from performing the pilgrimage by the Ministry of Health, due to health concerns and the risk they face while abroad.

Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Hj Awang Mohd Zain Hj Serudin, the Religious Affairs Minister, acknowledged the request and said that the ministry will take it into consideration.

Those in permanent government positions who have been in service for 15 years or more are eligible to receive the passage, except for those who are daily-rated. The employee's spouse is also included in the passage.

The Brunei Times