Suara.com – The DPR and the government have yet to officially determine the amount of the Hajj Pilgrimage Implementation Fee (BPIH) or the Hajj Travel Expenses (Bipih). Originally, the decision was scheduled to be announced on Tuesday (14/2/2023) afternoon, but was cancelled.
It is planned that the determination of the cost of the pilgrimage will be officially announced on Wednesday (15/2/2023) tomorrow. The plan was withdrawn because the BPIH Commission VIII Working Committee (Panja) had not yet reached an agreement with the government.
Discussions about the cost of Hajj are still tough. Chairman of Commission VIII DPR Ashabul Kahfi said that his party is still working on price efficiency for several items.
“There are financing components that we want to reduce, such as hotels, we are still asking for negotiations. Then catering, then public costs,” said Kahfi at the Senayan Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday (14/2/2023).
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However, continued Kahfi, this was not a pure policy from the Ministry of Religion (Kemenag). Kahfi requested that the Ministry of Religion still have to coordinate with the providers of the Hajj facilities. Starting from catering providers, tents, hotels and others.
“So the Ministry of Religion cannot immediately decide to agree or disagree tonight. Of course he needs time to negotiate or communicate with Saudi Arabia there, so we will give them time tonight,” said Kahfi.
The same thing was also expressed by the Chairman of the BPIH Working Committee, Commission VIII, Marwan Dasopang. He said that his party had given time for the government to negotiate with parties related to the Hajj pilgrimage. The goal is to achieve the most ideal financing price, especially for a number of items previously mentioned by Kahfi.
“Because this point could not be met, we finally provided space for the government to negotiate with various parties related to it in Saudi,” said Marwan.
Marwan said, his party would also present reasons why there was still a request to be lowered, on Wednesday tomorrow.
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“Several members, suggestions from those who submitted the proposals, at least tomorrow there should be a moderate figure between the government and the proposals of the Panja members,” said Marwan.
“Hopefully in this one-night room we will find common ground between the government’s proposal and the members,” continued Marwan.
Previously, Marwan Dasopang said that his party had reached the maximum point in carrying out BPIH and Bipih efficiency. However, until the committee meeting on Tuesday night, there was no agreement with the government regarding the number of items that emerged from the total haj financing.
“In terms of achievement in reducing BPIH, we have reached the maximum point. Likewise with Bipih which is a burden for the congregation, it has reached the maximum point,” he said.
Marwan conveyed why he said he had reached the maximum point to suppress the pilgrimage. The reason is that Panja has attempted to make a significant reduction in both BPIH and Bipih.
“Why is it stated that it has reached the maximum point? From the government’s proposal for a BPIH amount of IDR 98.8 million, we have been able to get figures of up to IDR 90.2 million,” said Marwan.
Significant reduction was also carried out for Bipih. Originally the suggestion was IDR 69 too, now it has become IDR 49 million.
“What the government proposed was Rp. 69 million, we have arrived at Rp. 49 million. From that point of view, the Panja Commission VIII has been able to limit it in terms of financing items which eventually led to that number,” said Marwan.
The Panja itself has agreed, but on the other hand they are still making coordination efforts to reduce prices. In particular, there are three items that are still deemed necessary to coordinate
“First, about hotel accommodation. The second, about catering consumption. The third is tourism,” said Marwan.
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