JABARNEWS | BANDUNG – Dozens of Indonesians failed to perform the pilgrimage. They were detained at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after being arrested using unofficial visas by local airport officials.
To investigate, the company that dispatched the furoda (non-quota) congregations is located in Bandung, West Java, named PT Alfatih Indonesia Travel. This company is apparently not registered with the Ministry of Religion (Kemenag).
The Director General of Hajj and Umrah of the Indonesian Ministry of Religion (Kemenag), Hilman Latief, asked the public to choose a company that dispatches pilgrims to be officially registered with the Ministry of Religion.
“If something goes wrong we can warn the company, if it’s like this we can’t do anything,” said Hilman.
Hilman admitted that he is still consulting with various parties regarding the follow-up of the travel company who dispatched the 46 hajj candidates, especially if there are complaints from the congregation.
“We’ll follow up later,” said Hilman Latief.
As is known, at least 46 Indonesian citizens or Indonesian citizens were detained at King Abdul Aziz Airport Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after being arrested using unofficial visas.
In fact, these dozen congregants admitted to spending quite a lot of money, between Rp. 200 million to Rp. 300 million. They spend quite a lot of money with the aim of being able to make the pilgrimage without having to queue for years.
Dozens of Indonesian citizens have worn Ihram clothes, but not through the Special Hajj Organizer (PIHK), not travel that usually sends special pilgrims.
They were then reportedly detained at King Abdul Azis International Airport Jeddah on Thursday (30/6), after previously boarding a Garuda Indonesia flight.
The Saudi Arabian Hajj Organizing Committee (PPIH) team accompanied by a number of employees of the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah then immediately examined the furoda pilgrims who were detained at the airport.
Dozens of worshipers who were already wearing ihram cloths were seen gathering by Saudi authorities in one of the rooms.
From checking, it was found that they failed to enter Saudi the identity of the congregation was not detected and did not match at the time of immigration check.
Pilgrims do have Hajj visas. However, their visas are known to come from Singapore and Malaysia, not Indonesia. (red)