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Hajj account sufficient for infrastructure: Minister Brodjonegoro

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Hajj fund, that now reaches roughly Rp100 trillion, is sufficient to financial infrastructure development, National Development Planning Minister/Chief of a National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro said.

“Hajj account is a long-term fund, while infrastructure growth is also a long-term project. Hence, it is suitable to use long-term account for a long-term project,” he settled in a contention here on Saturday (August 5).

To date, most of a hajj account is invested in sharia state bonds (SBSN), sukuk (sharia bond), and other securities. As a result, a advantage can't be felt clearly, he noted.

This is opposite from what a Malaysian supervision has finished by environment adult Malaysian Hajj Saving Institution (LTHM) in 1963. Since then, hajj account in Malaysia had been invested in essential projects, he remarked.

“The LTHM has now invested in many countries, including Indonesia,” he remarked.

The LTHM now has a net item of 59.5 billion Malaysian ringgit or around Rp180 trillion. As a outcome of a good supervision of hajj fund, Malaysian hajj pilgrims now compensate usually half of their hajj event cost, he revealed.

“Malaysian hajj pilgrims usually compensate half of hajj event cost. The good supervision (of hajj event cost) has halved a hajj event cost. We wish we can request it in Indonesia too,” he explained.

Among a projects that can use hajj supports are electrical energy plants, airports, and projects underneath a team-work intrigue between a supervision and corporate bodies.

“Electrical energy plants are really essential as they can sell electrical energy to state electricity association PT PLN. The same is also loyal with fee roads and airports,” he forked out.


(Reported by Indriani/Uu.S012/INE/KR-BSR/S012)

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