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Najib Donates RM10,000 Each To Families Of Eight Drowned Teens
Najib, who is also Umno president, said 'badal haji' (haj by proxy) would be conducted for the deceased by Tabung Haji (TH) during the pilgrimage season, between July and August.
The prime minister's wish was conveyed by Umno Welfare Bureau chairman Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who represented him to hand over the contributions at the Dewan Islam, Taman Mewah, Buloh Kasap here Wednesday.
"I have asked for the consent of the families of the victims, and their families were touched by the prime minister's contribution and expressed their thanks for his concern for them," he told reporters after handing over the donations to the families of the drowned victims.
Abdul Azeez, who is also chairman of TH, said Umno would bear the expense of the pilgrimage which is estimated at about RM3,000 per person.
In the tragedy on Friday morning, one of the teens, who was walking on a sandy area by the river, was believed to have suddenly slipped and fallen into the river before seven of his friends who tried to help him, also disappeared into the river and drowned along with the friend.
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