Ministry of Religion: There are still 6,943 pilgrims who have not paid Hajj fees

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Report by AMPONTOONS.COM reporter, Fahdi Fahlevi

AMPONTOONS.COM, JAKARTA – Hajj Travel Expense Payment Extension (Bipih) 1444H for Regular Pilgrims is closed today.

Director General of Hajj and Umrah Management Hilman Latief of the Ministry of Religion said that 96.5 percent of pilgrims who are eligible to pay Bipih have already made payments.

The quota for regular Indonesian haj pilgrims this year reaches 203,320 people.

The Bipih ransom was opened from April 11 to May 5, 2023, then extended until today.

“Our data shows that there are 196,377 regular haj pilgrims who have paid. In percentage terms, the figure has reached 96.5 percent,” Hilman Latief said in a written statement on Friday (12/5/2023).

Hilman Latief revealed that there were still 6,943 pilgrims who had not paid their haj fees.

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The Ministry of Religion, Hilman Latief said, is still discussing efforts to extend the payment period for the Hajj fee.

“We are currently still discussing whether to extend the payout with the same congregation list or open a second phase with new criteria,” Hilman Latief said.

“We will inform you as soon as it is decided. The repayment period is likely to be extended,” added Hilman Latief.

From the remaining quota, Hilman noted that there were still 176 Regional Hajj Officers (PHD) and 253 KBIHU Advisors (Hajj and Umrah Guidance Group) who still had not paid him back.

“Since 2016, the average repayment has been made in two stages. With the exception of 2022, there will only be one stage because the fee is only around 100,000,” Hilman said.

As a percentage, Bangka Belitung takes the first position with the highest paying congregations (96.5%).

Of the 999 congregations, 963 people paid. Following in the next sequence, West Papua 95.7% (679/650), West Sulawesi 95.3% (1,363/1,300), North Maluku 95% (1,013/963) and South Sulawesi 95% (6,826/6,495).

For West Java province, there were 32,724 paid pilgrims (90% of 36,361).

26,093 pilgrims from Central Java (91.5% of 28,494) also paid off.

In East Java, out of 33,035 congregations, 28,319 people (85.7%) paid. Meanwhile for Banten, 8,162 pilgrims have paid (91.8% of 8,884)

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