First batch of Indonesian haji pilgrims leave for Saudi Arabia
"For the pilgrims, the pilgrimage is a moment that they have waited, it`s like a dream that has come true," Minister Basyuni said in his remarks at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, here on Saturday.
The minister reminded the pilgrims of adapting themselves to the condition in Saudi Arabi and not to be easily provoked by unclear issues.
The minister also hoped that the implementation of this year`s pilgrimage would be better than that of last year marred by catering accommodation-related problem.
The first group consisted of 450 Indonesian pilgrims, who left for Madina from Jakarta`s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport by Garuda Airways.