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    West Java Supports LPNK Establishment of Hajj and Umrah

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    JAKARTA- West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) was present at a Commission VIII Hearings (RDP) of the House of Representatives to discuss Law draft of  Hajj and Umrah in the Meeting Room of Commission VIII on the second Floor of Nusantara Building II of  DPR RI, on Jenderal Gatot Subroto Street in Central Jakarta, on Monday afternoon (13.02.17). After attending the meeting, Aher stated that he will support the law if the Hajj and Umrah affairs are managed  by the Ministry of Non-Government Organization (LPNK) as stated in the draft.

    The draft was managed to improve the quality services for Hajj and Umrah. One of the matters that will be discussed in this draft is concerning the establishment of LPNK as the manager of Hajj and Umrah. Meanwhile, the general regulation is still managed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenag).
     
    "The draft aims to increase service for Hajj. So, we need to give our support. Well, among those attempts to increase the service, one of them is a new draft of regulation regarding the mandate for a non-ministerial agency to become the manager of Hajj" Aher reported to West Java PR Team after the meeting.

    "So the details of the service for Hajj are managed by this institution. The regulations actually belong to Kemenag, "he added.
     
    Aher further explained that if this law can be properly implemented, it will impact on the improvement of the service quality for Hajj. Since this new law gives the division of tasks among divisions in Kemenag and the agency, Aher emphasized that there will be no overlap among task carriers and the regulators.

    During the meeting, Aher also proposed several matters to improve the service quality for Hajj. Aher emphasized two matters, which included guidance for Hajj  and the services. According to Aher, it is important to provide some guidances for the Hajj in Indonesia before the Hajj is carried out. This is to anticipate the loss of pilgrims in the Holy Land. So far, the Provincial Government of West Java involved TNI (National Army) in in giving the guidance.
     
    "By providing a guideline, we facilitate training of foremen (karu) and head of the group (KAROM). So, to anticipate the loss of the pilgrims, Karu and Karom will be directly trained by the military and directly appointed before their departure, in which the training involved TNI. The impact is quite significant, the numbers of lost Hajj pilgrims from West Java decreased" said Aher during the RDP led by Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission VIII Deding Ishak. The meeting was also attended by Chairman of Commission VIII M. Ali Taher, Vice Chairman of Commission VIII Abdul Malik Haramain, and several Members of the Commission VIII.

    On this occasion, Aher also discussed the authority of Hajj Guidance Group (KBIH). According to Aher, KBIH must be managed properly, so that later KBIH will participate in the implementation of the Hajj.
     
    "But it would be better if KBIH can successfully do its mandate (the pilgrimage), as the representative of the government, so the pilgrims can be more convenient, close to their kiai, can focus more on the worship. I guess KBIH must be able to accommodate the situations," said Aher.
     
    "Since the criteria and the requirements are very strict, KBIH is expected to be more careful, so in conducting the selection, the pilgrims must be well recorded, organized, and well tested, so that they can be a good partner for the government to carry out the Hajj. If KBIH has to be accommodated later, then the requirement have to be more tightened," he continued.
     
    Meanwhile, related to hajj quotas, West Java Province has made some regulations concerning the quotas provided for every district/city that will be managed proportionally. In addition, for districts/cities that have a good economic growth then it is a plus for the determination of their quota.

    "Since the measurement of one per mile depends on the public perception, for example, one per mile in Sukabumi compared to Indramayu is relatively the same, but one per mile in Indramayu and Sukabumi is less than in Bekasi, the numbers of the registrants are full. Bekasi regency has been waiting for 20 years, while Sukabumi has been waiting for either nine or ten years," said Aher.
     
    In addition to organizing the implementation, other matter proposed in the draft is the budget management set for Hajj and Umrah. This far, Hajj budget is managed by the Central Government through Kemenag by involving one 'red' bank. However, there is a proposal in this RDP that it will also engage regional development banks in each city/regency.
     
    "Our budget management is already set up. BJB Banks, both conventional and sharia are ready to be involved in, if later it will be a part of the alignments set forth for the development of regional banking, considering that the money belong to the people living in particular regional area, that is managed by the regions. I think it is good," said Aher.
     
    This RDP is held as an input to the drafting of regulations that organize Hajj and Umrah. According to Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in Commission VIII, Deding Isaac, they need to listen to the input voiced by relevant local governments concerning their role in organizing Hajj. Besides West Java Provincial Government, there were also several local governments invited in the meeting: South Sulawesi Provincial Government, Provincial Government of Central Java and Provincial Government of Bengkulu.
     
    "This meeting is attempted to give inputs for the improvement of quality services for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, in order to establish the regulation for Hajj and Umrah," said Deding.

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