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Commission VIII of House of Representatives Pinpoint the Rise For Hajj Pilgrims Cost is Unfair

Commission VIII of House of Representatives Pinpoint the Rise For Hajj Pilgrims Cost is Unfair

Jakarta, Timerilis.com – Deputy Chairman of Commission VIII of the House of Representatives Marwan Dasopang stressed the plan of Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas to increase the cost of the Hajj Pilgrimage in 2023. The plan is considered too sudden and will harm prospective pilgrims who leave this year.

“If there is a sudden change in the name of Istita’ah, it will be detrimental to the pilgrims who will leave this year because they have to prepare additional funds in the range of IDR 30 million in a short time. For the majority of prospective pilgrims who have to save for years, that sum is quite large,” said Marwan.

He explained the government’s proposal regarding the proportion of the hajj cost burden of 70:30. Where 70% of the cost will come from the congregation and 30% of government subsidies taken from the value of BPIH benefits is an ideal proportion. The proportion is by the principle of istita’ah or that the Hajj is only for those who can afford it.

“But for us, the implementation of this scheme needs time and long socialization so as not to harm prospective pilgrims,” Marwan said.

Marwan revealed that compared to last year, the burden on this year’s pilgrims will be massive. According to him, last year the average BPIH of Rp98.3 million.

The Bipih component by the congregation was only Rp39.8 million (40.54%) while the rest was taken from the value of BPIH benefits of Rp58.4 million (59.4%).

“Then suddenly there is a proposal that this year the congregation must bear 70% of the BPIH while only 30% of the subsidy,” he said.

Marwan questioned the BPIH increase when the Saudi Arabia government reduced the Hajj cost package for both domestic and overseas pilgrims this year.

“Based on the explanation of the Minister of Religious Affairs, the BPIH has increased. Along with the changes in the Bipih scheme will burden prospective pilgrims in 2023,” he said.

Marwan understands the increase in the Bipih component paid by the congregation is something unavoidable. This is to ensure the management of the benefits of Hajj funds can still run and not harm prospective waiting list pilgrims, which currently number 5 million people.

“However, the Bipih change scheme cannot be done abruptly and needs socialization. So as not to burden the congregation in the current year,” he explained.

Marwan emphasized the need for an audit of the management of Hajj funds, which currently reach Rp160 trillion. According to him, it is necessary to ensure the funds placed in various investment platforms can optimize the value of benefits for prospective Indonesian pilgrims.

“The results of this audit also allow for options to optimize hajj benefit funds in the form of investment or others,” he said. (Eva)