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Govt proposes increase in hajj pilgrimage price JAKARTA - Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali says that the government has proposed that this year’s hajj pilgrimage price be raised US$505. The proposed increase, which would bring the cost to $3,847, is due to rising oil prices that lead to higher transportation expenses.

Suryadharma was quoted by kontan.co.id as saying that his ministry previously predicted the oil price would be $80 per barrel. As the oil price was higher, reaching $104 per barrel, the travel expenses soared from $1,734 in last year to $2,076.

The ministry also said that housing expenses rose from $760 to $906 in Mecca while congregation housing in Medina rose from $160 to $173. Suryadharma said that 211,000 people performed the hajj this year.

Member of House Commission VIII overseeing religion Mahrus Munir expressed hope that the government would not increase the hajj cost. "We feel optimistic that we can reduce the hajj cost this year. The rupiah’s exchange rate against the dollar is about 8,000. It is lower than the government’s hajj cost calculation, using an exchange rate of 9,000," he said.


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Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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