PT PP (Persero) Tbk, one of the leading, leading and largest construction and investment companies in Indonesia (“PTPP”) in collaboration with the Hajj Financial Management Agency (“BPKH”) plans to invest in Saudi Arabia in the form of construction and ownership of facilities accommodation and hotels in Saudi Arabia for Indonesian Hajj and Umrah pilgrims through the Indonesian House Project in Mecca.
This is in line with the mandate given by Law (UU) No. 34 of 2014 concerning Hajj Financial Management and Government Regulation (PP) No. 5 of 2018 concerning the Implementation of Law No. 34 of 2014 concerning Hajj Financial Management, one of which is aimed at improving the quality of Hajj services, as well as the rationality and efficiency of using BPIH.
Witnessed by Deputy Minister of BUMN II Kartika Wirjoatmodjo and Anggito Abimanyu as Head of the BPKH Implementing Agency, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") was carried out by members of the Executive Agency for Investment and Foreign Cooperation, Hurriyah El Islamy and Novel Arsyad as President Director of PTPP.
In the event which was held virtually on Wednesday (04/08), Hurriyah El Islamy said, "With good synergy between BUMN and PTPP, it is hoped that the provision of accommodation and hospitality facilities for Indonesian Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia can be realized soon. through the Indonesian House Project so as to provide maximum benefits for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims”.
Furthermore, Hurriyah El Islamy conveyed, "According to the mandate of Law Number 34/2014, there are 3 (three) objectives of Hajj financial management, namely: improving the quality of Hajj Implementation, rationality and efficiency in the use of BPIH, and benefits for the benefit of Muslims, so that by investing in The Rumah Indonesia project is expected to be able to realize the three objectives of Hajj financial management”.
"As one of the state-owned companies engaged in construction and investment services that is integrated with supporting industries, and has expertise and experience in the fields of Construction, Property, EPC, Infrastructure, and Energy both at home and abroad, PTPP is ready to collaborate with BPKH in building and developing the Indonesian House project in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. "We hope that the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is the first step so that this collaboration can be realized even more maturely in the future which is set forth in the form of a Cooperation Agreement ("PKS")," said Novel Arsyad as President Director of PTPP.
Novel Arsyad stated in his speech that Indonesia is one of the countries that sends the most Hajj and Umrah pilgrims each year. With a total of 231,000 Indonesian Muslims who performed the Hajj and 1,200,000 who performed the Umrah pilgrimage in 2019, this fantastic figure dominates at least 10.7% of the total world hajj pilgrims. With the potential for the number to continue to rise every year, the number of pilgrims in Indonesia is predicted to reach 5.24 million people in 2022. This high number of pilgrims certainly has the potential for convincing cooperation in the future. PTPP and BPKH will collaborate in “bringing” Indonesia to the holy land. This collaboration will later make the congregation feel the typical Indonesian hospitality in Mecca which is expected to increase comfort during the congregation worship. As it develops, this collaboration is expected to create a new ecosystem, where the congregation will feel like home or “feels like home”.
BPKH and PTPP will continue to conduct studies from various aspects as a follow-up to the implementation of the cooperation plan in land acquisition, construction and management of accommodation and hospitality facilities for Indonesian Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.