Recommendations of DPD RI Haj Investigation Team

JAKARTA (Board) DPD RI Investigation Team in the case of Indonesian catering for the Hajj year 2006 recommended the amendments of Act No. 17 Year 1999 about full and substantial implementation of Hajj, and efforts made by DPR RI through the initiative rights should be given a highest appreciation. Based on the problem of hajj implementation this year, it should become the reference and consideration for DPR to review the draft of Hajj Bill, to make changes on realities and demands of society and the nation of Indonesia. This was stated by Faisal Mahmud, Deputy Chairman of the PAH III DPD RI in the 8th plenary session of DPD (6/2) in Jakarta.

In addition, Faisal said that to ensure improvements in the future, separation is strictly needed between the regulator and the operators on the implementation of the Hajj. Hajj is not privatization, but a proportional separation. In the future, there is a need and effort to build the pilgrims lodging that centered on one area “integrated area of Indonesian Hajj” this will provide convenience and significant benefits for the future management of hajj and pilgrims will be served well. It is also for the image of Indonesia in the eyes of the world.

For the officials who have adopted a policy of organizing Hajj this year, according to the Investigation Team of PAH III, should be morally accountable to the people whether to withdraw or dismissed.

DPD RI Investigation Team was formed on January 11, 2007 consisting of nine (9) members of DPD RI, which are Nuzran Joher, (Chairman), H. Faisal Mahmud, Rusli Rachman, Sujadi, M. Ramli, Nuruddin A. Rahman, Hj. Nur Andriyani, H. Nani Tuloli dan H.L. Abdul Muhyi Abidin. Implementation of the investigation is for 30 work days, from January 12, s / d February 22, 2007.

DPD Hajj Investigation Team seek for appropriate facts and existing data of the Indonesian catering case in Arafat and Mina, gather information from the parties involved in the case of catering, analyze the causes and consequences of the cases that befell the Hajj pilgrims, make recommendation on the changes of Hajj system, and provide facts and data to the constituents in the region about the case of hunger on Indonesian pilgrims in Arafat and Mina.

The team members who will leave for Saudi Arabia which includes Jeddah, Medina and Mecca on 25 s / d January 31, 2007 are 3 (three) people namely Nuzran Joher, H. Faisal Mahmud and Rusli Rachman. The team has immediately checked the scene (locus) in direct contact with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Hajj Saudi Arabia, Ambassador, Consul General, Technical Staff Affairs Hajj / Consul Hajj in Jeddah, Muassasah Southeast Asia, Pilgrim and Community Leaders Indonesia in Saudi Arabia, and others.

This investigation is ensure the correctness and validity of the data or documents and preliminary information; considering the majority of pilgrims have returned to their homeland, it was also necessary to enrich the information of pilgrims in some regions. Hajj Investigation Team also assigned 6 (six) other members to conduct surveillance arrival of pilgrims in 3 (three) of debarkation in the country, namely debarkation of Solo in Central Java, debarkation of North Sumatera and Medan, and debarkation of Makassar South Sulawesi since January 29, to February 2, 2007.

The results of Saudi investigation reveal that a failure in the Indonesian catering in Armina is a disaster caused by human error that can not be ignored so easily. “The error begun in organizational policy that puts a third echelon directly under the Minister, at least in the implementation of operations that blatantly ignore the role of Chief Representative of RI in Saudi Arabia in accordance with the Act No.17/1999. Because of this human error, any - "human" should be taken the administrative action of legislation," said Faisal Mahmud.

Furthermore, it is also concluded that the failure of serving Indonesian pilgrims in Armina is an institutional error, namely Ana for Development Est catering service that has signed the contract and even has received an advance payment of 70 %. In this case, the Indonesian government must claim lawsuits and not just refund the advance amount of tangible and easily calculated, but due to intangible, the pilgrims’ massive loss must be converted to the form of money substitutes. It also asked the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to investigate the case of catering Armina Hajj year 2006.

Regarding to lodging of Hajj, DPD provides recommendations to avoid manipulation that can occur every year in the system; therefore, it should be performed long term (long term contract system); for a long time the maktab and house number were drawn by qur'ah system, supposedly from the beginning every pilgrim has had their number of rooms by utilizing the Information Technology. Considering the proportional system, started in 2006, has caused problems and polemics for the pilgrims; therefore, for years to come, the proportional system needs to be reviewed.

For ground and air transportation, DPD recommends the necessity of better transportation in the Country; there is a need of local government attention in providing services to Hajj pilgrims by facilitating local transportation at an affordable and reasonable price. Meanwhile, to improve service quality and cost competitive air fares, it is necessary to open a tender for airlines and others, not only for the GIA and SV or (duopoly). Thus, airfares for pilgrims will be cheap and will guarantee a better service.

05 Maret 2007