Islamic ministry says they followed a set policy in sending expatriates on the Hajj Pilgrimage under the quota given to the Maldives.
According to the ministry, one of the expatriates was given the opportunity by the President, as they were deceived by Maleesha Group after taking the Hajj fee and denied the opportunity to travel on the pilgrimage.
Islamic ministry said the other two expatriates who went on the Hajj Pilgrimage from Maldives are both married to Maldivians. The ministry iterated that all the expatriates went to Hajj through the mandated guidelines and regulations.
Many had criticized the issue on social media and expressed discontent on expatriates being allowed to take up the quota given to Maldivians. Many had accused that the matter clearly involves corruption and manipulation.
Maldives was given a quota of 2000 for the Hajj Pilgrimage this year.
While the government informed that all the pilgrims are in good health, more than 2 million Muslims had travelled to Saudi Arabiya for the holy pilgrimage in Makkah.