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Investing haj fund in infrastructure to benefit pilgrims

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said the investment of haj funds in the infrastructure sector would produce good returns and allow lower costs for haj pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia.

“The waiting list for the haj pilgrimage is about 20 years. If the fund is better managed, it will be helpful for the haj pilgrims,” Kalla told journalists in his office in Jakarta on Tuesday, as reported by

With good investment, the cost of the haj pilgrimage would be more affordable, he said, adding that the investment scheme would abide by the requirements of sharia.

About 70 percent of the Rp 95.2 trillion (US$6.96 billion) haj fund in foreign currencies – US dollars and Saudi riyal – would continue to decline in value because of inflation, Kalla added.

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