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Jakarta Post

Haj managers must reveal accounts, says watchdog

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 28 2009   /  01:07 pm

The Religious Affairs Ministry should improve transparency in its handling of funds paid for pilgrimages to Mecca, a watchdog said Friday. Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) said the ministry had never provided the public with access to information on the disbursement of these funds. "The House of Representative is the only institution that has dialogues with the ministry," ICW public service monitoring division coordinator Ade Irawan told The Jakarta Post. The ministry also had overlapping roles, which had led the public to doubt its integrity, he said. "The ministry is the regulator and administrator of pilgrimages, and is also the haj-performance evaluator," he said. He recommended the government appoint an independent body as an administrator of the haj management, to prevent potential corruption. "This independent body, through a website, should publicize...