75% of Hajj Pilgrims Candidates Have Paid Hajj Cost
Ministry of Religious Affairs has recorded that 75 percent out of the total of hajj pilgrims candidates has already paid Hajj Pilgrimage Cost (BPIH) for this years hajj season.
As of 2 April 2019, 153,333 hajj pilgrim candidates have paid their BPIH, Director for Internal Hajj Services at Ministry of Religious Affairs, Muhajirin Yanis said in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/4).
According to Muhajirin, in general, the average percentage of all provinces is above 60 percent, with Bangka Belitung reporting the highest percentage with 87 percent and Central Kalimantan reporting the lowest one with 57 percent.
Five provinces with the highest percentage of hajj pilgrim candidates who have made the full payment of the hajj cost are among others West Java with 31,121 pilgrims (80 percent), East Java with 26,071 pilgrims (74 percent), Central Java with 23,084 pilgrims (76 percent), Banten with 7,641 pilgrims (81 percent), and North Sumatra with 6,313 (76 percent).
In the meantime, Head of Subdivision for Regular Hajj Registration of Ministry of Religious Affairs Hanif added that the first payment would end on 15 April 2019 applicable to 221,000 Hajj quota for Indonesia in 2019 as regulated in the Decree of Ministry of Religious Affairs Number 29 of 2019 on the Determination of Hajj Quota for 1440 Hijri/2019.The number consists of 204,000 regular hajj pilgrims and 17,000 special hajj pilgrims. As for regular Hajj quota, it is divided into two categories, namely: hajj pilgrims (202,487 people) and regional hajj guide team (1,513 people).
Approximately 50,667 hajj pilgrims or 25 percent of the total quota have not paid the remaining hajj cost yet, he said, adding that for regional hajj guide team, no one has paid the remaining cost yet.
For the record, the payment can be made through partner banks for the Hajj Fund Scheme (BPS-BPIH), either in cash or non-teller from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Western Indonesian Time, or 9 a.m. to 4. p.m. Central Indonesian Time, or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Indonesian Time. (Ministry of Religious Affairs/EN)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : M. Ersan Pamungkas