Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Yandri Susanto highlighted that the implementation of Hajj this year has been better in comparison with 2023.

Susanto noted in his official statement received here on Tuesday that he considered this year's Hajj implementation, including during the peak of the Hajj worship in Arafah, Muzdalifah, and Mina, to have gone smoothly.

So far, no incidents, such as neglect or overcrowding of pilgrims in Muzdalifah, have been reported, like what had occurred last year.

"The peak of the Hajj worship in Arafah, Muzdalifah, and Mina went smoothly. They can worship well," Susanto stated.

In addition, he assessed that the mobilization step carried out by the Indonesian Hajj officers, who have assisted pilgrims from Arafah to Muzdalifah and to Mina improved this year.

He remarked that the number of Hajj pilgrims from Indonesia who died during worship also decreased from last year.

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On Tuesday (June 18), Susanto visited Saudi Arabia to check the condition of Indonesian pilgrims and review the arrangement system for pilgrims

After his review, Susanto then noted that several Indonesian pilgrims were pleased with the government's services.

Earlier, Chairman of the House of Representatives' (DPR's) Commission VIII, Ashabul Kahfi, had reminded the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage committee to guard and supervise all movements of Indonesian pilgrims from one place to another.

Kahfi affirmed the importance of strengthening supervision on the movement of pilgrims from Arafah to Muzdalifah and to Mina.

He expressed hope that the Muzdalifah incident reported last year would not recur and that incidents of pilgrims going missing would not occur.

Furthermore, House speaker Puan Maharani, on Monday (June 18), announced the national legislative body's plan to establish a special committee that will be tasked with evaluating the implementation of this year's Hajj pilgrimage.

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Translator: Bagus R, Kenzu
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