Land Certification Important to Avoid Dispute over Waqf Properties, President Jokowi Says

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 18 Januari 2019
Category: News
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President Jokowi accompanied by Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister and West Java Governor takes photo with representatives of land certificate recipients, at Cibatu Grand Mosque, Garut, West Java province, Friday (18/1). (Photo: Agung/PR)

President Jokowi accompanied by Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister and West Java Governor takes photo with representatives of land certificate recipients, at Cibatu Grand Mosque, Garut, West Java province, Friday (18/1). (Photo: Agung/PR)

Mosques built on the waqf (religious endowment) land are prone to disputes; therefore, it needs to be certified, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said.

He added that the Government distributes certificates for waqf land, mostly for mosques and musallas (praying room), as measures to avoid the land disputes.

“I have heard many cases regarding land disputes over waqf land. Numerous mosques in almost all provinces in Indonesia have similar issues,” President Jokowi said in Garut Regency, West Java province, Friday (18/1).

According to the President, to handle the issue, he has ordered Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of the National Land Agency (BPN) to speed up the certification process so that all mosques built on waqf land have rights to land ownership.

On that occasion, President Jokowi also handed over 257 land certificates for mosques, musallas, Islamic boarding schools and educational institutions spread in Garut, Tasikmalaya, Banjar and Ciamis Regency.

For the record, the Government has distributed land certificates not only in West Java province, but also in all provinces across the country. (EN/AGG/ES)

Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Muhardi

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