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Some of the Media Prima Bhd pose for a group photo at KLIA before departing to Saudi Arabia to perform umrah. Pix by MOHD FADLI HAMZAH.

SEPANG: A total of 126 staff from Media Prima Bhd Group (MPB) and their families departed for Saudi Arabia to perform umrah today.

The group will be in Madinah for three days before heading to Mecca on Saturday.

MPB Islamic Affairs manager Fauzi Hisham said the MPB Umrah dan Ziarah 2017 programme is the company's initiative to give opportunity to its staff to perform the non-mandatory lesser pilgrimage.

"This programme is to give a chance to our staff especially first timers to perform umrah with their family.

"Alhamdulillah, this group is considered lucky as they will get to experience two Fridays in Mecca and Madinah, compared to the previous groups," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport's departure hall, here.

The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd photographer Azhar Abdullah, 50, said he was happy to be selected to join the programme.

"My children are excited when they heard the news. They have always wanted to perform umrah together and I am grateful that their wish have finally come true.

"Thank you MPB for giving us this opportunity and help fund some of the cost of the trip. The price we had to pay was much cheaper than the normal umrah package." he said.

The group is expected to return to Malaysia on April 16.

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