Religious Affairs Minister Banned Umrah Travel BureauTurning Money Jamaah

By : Ahmad Fadli Dan Aldo Bella Putra | Friday, February 16 2018 - 15:00 IWST

Menteri Agama Lukman Hakim Saifuddin
Menteri Agama Lukman Hakim Saifuddin

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The Ministry of Religious Affairs prohibits travel agencies Umrah and Hajj in Indonesia to roll back money pilgrims in other businesses.

Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said his side has long been cooperating with the Police to handle cases suspected of potentially exposed to criminal acts. These cases are related to alleged fraud and neglect of Umrah pilgrims and pilgrims who cause losses to the congregation.

To anticipate matters that harmed Umrah and Haj pilgrims, the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenag) also tightened regulations. The process of revising a number of regulations is claimed to be almost final, one of which is related to the departure of the congregation.

Lukman exemplifies at least three months since the repayment of Umrah's fee, the congregation must be dispatched. In the future there should be no new Umrah pilgrims can depart after 1-2 years of registering.

"This is so that the money that became the initial deposit of prospective pilgrims not played with activities that have nothing to do with Umrah. So, the pilgrims' money should not be commercialized by the travel agency," he said through his official statement on Thursday (15/2/2018).

Lukman also advised to prospective Umrah pilgrims to be wise in choosing a travel agency and Umrah Worship Travel Provider (PPIU) and not easy to get caught lure that is not necessarily true.

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