Indonesia Asks for Easy Access for Mina Victim Search

Desi Angriani    •    28 September 2015 15:24 WIB
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Indonesia Asks for Easy Access for Mina Victim Search
Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the "Jamarat" ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on September 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH), Jakarta: The government has urged easier access and facility to Saudi Arabian government related to the search for the Mina victims, which killed at least 41 Indonesian hajj pilgrims. More than 700 people were killed in that tragedy.

"What we have been working on is how we, in this case the Ministry of Religious Affairs, may acquire easy access on all information about Mina incident," said the Presidential Chief of Staff, Teten Masduki at the presidential palace complex, Jakarta, Monday (9/28/2015).

Teten mentioned that so far, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has a hard time in identifying Indonesian victims at Al Mu'ashim. Moreover, there are still missing Indonesian pilgrims within the area.

"There are still Indonesian pilgrims currently not confirmed on their whereabouts, to be confirmed as whether they are part of the Mina victims," said the former member of Presidential Communication Team.

Teten admits he is unaware whether President Joko Widodo has communicated directly with Saudi Arabian government. He could only confirmed the Religious Affairs Minister, Luan Hakim, Saifuddin, went directly to conduct data search on the victims and report the latest developments to the president.

"I am not aware. I think the president was always reported by the Religious Minister, and I think to the families in need of information on the unclear development of their families could be connected directly with the Religious Minister.


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