Travel agency manager charged with advertising Haj packages without valid license in KL

Director of UC Travel Sdn Bhd Agus Rizal Mat Ali (center) arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on August 9, 2022. — Photo by Firdaus Latif

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:05 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, August 9 – A travel agency manager was charged in Sessions Court here today for advertising Haj package services using a furada visa (private Haj visa) without having a valid license from the Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH), in May this year.

Agus Rizal Mat Ali, 50, director of UC Travel Sdn Bhd, was accused of advertising Haj package services using visa furada for the 2022M/1443H season on the company’s Facebook page, claiming that he could organize trips for the purpose of pilgrimage to the holy land while the company did not have a valid Haj operator license from TH.

Agus Rizal was charged with committing the offense at his office at Platinum Walk, Jalan Langkawi 2, Danau Kota, here on May 9.

The charge was made under Section 27(1)(b) of the Tabung Haji Act 1995 and can be punished under Section 27(2) of the same Act, which provides for a maximum fine RM100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year. year or two if convicted.

In the proceedings before Judge Kamarudin Kamsun, Deputy Prosecutors Nur Aqilah Ishak and Hanis Anisha Jamilludin prosecuted while Agus Rizal, who pleaded not guilty, was represented by attorneys Datuk Dhanaraj Vasudevan and Ho Cheng En.

The court allowed bail of RM50,000 in bail and set September 8 for mention.

On August 2, media reported that a total of 132 police reports related to cases of fraudulent packages to perform Haj and Umrah using furada visas had been filed as of July 31, resulting in losses of over of RM5.6 million.

Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Secretary Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin said a total of 336 victims were involved. — Bernama

Willie R. Golden