BANGKOK, 16 July 2013 The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) is preparing to facilitate Thai Muslims travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.
SBPAC chief Police Colonel Tawee Sodsong said the agency has been assigned by the government to facilitate the Hajj services for Thai Muslims in accordance with the rules and procedures of Islam and Saudi Arabia.
SBPAC has collaborated with Thai Airways International (THAI) in arranging special flights for Hajj pilgrims. THAI earlier announced that it would provide 4 direct flights from the southern province of Narathiwat to Saudi Arabia for the first time. Out of the four direct flights, THAI will operate two flights on September 7 and another two on September 8.
A total of 1,212 pilgrims are expected to embark on the flights this coming September.
The agency has also set up a peace promotion coordination center in the Deep South during the Ramadan holy month in a bid to follow up on operations of security-related agencies and to monitor attacks during and after the fasting month.