BEKASI CITY- West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil immediately submitted an application for the addition of the West Java pilgrimage quota to the Indonesian Ministry of Religion. The reason is the ratio between the quota and the number of registrants has not been proportional so that the list of waiting periods (waiting list) is still a long congregation of 20 years.
This year West Java has a pilgrimage quota of 8,852 people and is the largest in Indonesia. But the number of hajj registrants reached 592,730 people.
"I will lobby (the Ministry of Religion) so that the West Java hajj quota quota can increase," said Ridwan Kamil after closing the Integrated Debriefing of Hajj Pilot Officers and Chair of the Hajj Jabar Congregation in 1440 H / 2019 at the Hajj Embarkation Building, Bekasi City, Saturday (13 / 4/19).
Of the number of applicants and departed this year there is a difference of 553,888 people. This means that the number is included in the departure waiting list. The Governor, who is familiarly called Emil, also admitted that he was sad because they had to wait to depart for 20 years.
"I am really sad because the 20 years are too long because of that I will try not to be up to 20 years," he said.
To the haji kloter officers and the head of the West Java group, Emil advised to focus on guiding the congregation. Pay attention to the medical history of the congregation, especially the elderly.
"All the congregation must be mabrur and mabruroh because of that I ask the officer to focus on guiding. Pay attention to the health history of the congregation, at least the eating pattern must be maintained," he ordered.
In 2018, 49 pilgrims from West Java died while worshiping. Emil prayed that this year all Jabar pilgrims can return to the country. The departure of the pilgrims this year will be led by Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum. "I pray that no one will die, all return to the country," he hoped.