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Jakarta Post

House wants haj management offered to independent body

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 2 2012   /  09:13 am

House of Representatives (DPR) members have called for an end to the Religious Affairs Ministry’s management of the national haj program, saying that an independent body should be set up to handle the annual pilgrimage.

The legislators said that private companies should be given roles in the management.

“The haj is a very complicated activity, therefore it needs professionals to handle it,” said Zulkarnaen Jabar, a member of the House’s Commission VIII overseeing religious and social affairs, during a hearing for a revision of the 2008 Haj Pilgrimage Management Law on Wednesday.

“We don’t expect civil servants from the ministry to handle this. We all know the problems surrounding the haj repeat every year,” he said, referring to chaotic flight schedules and poor accommodation.

Zulkarnaen said the management of haj should be pulled from the minist...