Jamil Khir said that most deaths were due to normal ailments such as old age, and not infectious diseases like Influenza A (H1N1).

Jamil Khir said that most deaths were due to normal ailments such as old age, and not infectious diseases like Influenza A (H1N1).

Twenty Malaysian pilgrims died during the Haj season, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Maj Gen (B) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom today.

He said the deceased comprised 16 men and four women, aged 50 and above.

Jamil Khir said that most deaths were due to normal ailments such as old age, and not infectious diseases like Influenza A (H1N1).

“This is a very small percentage when compared to the overall number of 26,000 Malaysian pilgrims who arrived here on Oct 20,” he told the Tabung Haji media team here.

Meanwhile, Jamil Khir said, four pilgrims undergoing treatment at hospitals here, could not be sent to Arafah on Thursday as they were heavily dependent on breathing aid equipment.

However, he said over 20 patients being treated at the Tabung Haji Hospital in Aziziah and Sisya, were taken to Arafah in an ambulance by the Tabung Haji medical personnel.

On the progress of Malaysian pilgrims here, he said they were still in Mina, adding that many had completed the ritual of ‘Stoning the Devil’ at Jamrah and would return to Mecca, in a day or two.

Overall, Jamil Khir said, the Haj season this year went smoothly. – Bernama