BINTANGNEWS.com – The National Police
have called on the Religious Affairs Ministry to draft a detailed mechanism on
and umrah (minor haj)
services to ensure fair business competition and prevent scams.
"We hope all
related stakeholders issue a clear policy as a guideline for people so that
they will know the standard prices for umrah and haj services,” National
Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.
The statement was made amid an ongoing investigation into anumrah fraud scandal implicating
First Travel, which was reported to have extorted hundreds of billions of
rupiah from would-beumrah pilgrims.
Rikwanto said the
policy should detail the pricing on the facilities
given during the pilgrimage, including airfares, in a bid to help the consumers
haj travel agencies.
"It [the policy]
is to prevent unhealthy business competition that may harm people,"
Following the First
Travel case, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) has called on the
police's criminal investigation office (Bareskrim) and the Religious Affairs
Ministry to work further to uncover fraud allegedly committed by several other umrahtravel
agencies, such as Kafilah Rindu Ka'bah and Basmalah Tour.
According to YLKI,
several Kafilah Rindu Ka'bah clients reported the agency to Bareskrim last
year, while those using the services of Basmalah Tour lodged a report against
the agency with the Bandung Police in 2014.***
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