Central Kalimantan Ready to Work on Halal Tourism

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The Provincial Government (Pemprov) of Central Kalimantan (Kalteng) began to prepare to work on the potential of halal tourism in this Dayak Tribe land.

"Yesterday we had a meeting with the MUI, with other religious figures regarding halal tourist attractions or halal culinary. There we want to create zones. We will continue to talk about (halal tourism)," said the Governor of Central Kalimantan, Sugianto Sabran in a special interview session with Republika at the Isen Mulang Palace (IIM) of the governor's office house, Palangka Raya City, Wednesday (24/7).

According to him, this halal tourism has a good purpose for the benefit of the people of Central Kalimantan. Moreover, according to him, Central Kalimantan has a muslim majority population with a percentage of about 74 percent. He hopes that, with the development of halal tourism, Muslim tourists will not hesitate to come to Central Kalimantan.

"Don't let us make tourism that ends up making people hesitate to come," he said.

So far, according to Sugianto, many outsiders think that Central Kalimantan is not inhabited by most Muslims. As a result, many Muslim tourists are hesitant to come to Central Kalimantan.

"Sometimes there are guests, he said, Mr. Governor, he can't make a place like a halal zone or halal tourism, so that the meal is not in doubt. Because, the person's mind in Central Kalimantan is always the biggest not Islam, even though the big one is Islam, so it does not doubt the person who comes," said the man of Muslim Dayak descent.

He explained, in Central Kalimantan there are also Islamic historical sites that can be used as halal tourism, as is the case at the Yellow Palace of Pangkalanbun. This palace is the pride of the history and culture of the Islamic kingdom in Central Kalimantan.

In addition to preparing to work on halal tourism, the Central Kalimantan Provincial Government is also actively empowering the community economy through mosques. Through the economic empowerment of these people, it is hoped that the Muslim community in Central Kalimantan will become more prosperous.

Sugianto, who is also the Chairman of the Regional Management of the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) of Central Kalimantan, said that every Friday his party prepares buying and selling stalls in mosques so that people can sell.

"Well, that's it now that I move in those mosques. For example, if I open a stall on Friday, they sell Muslim clothes or perfumed oil," he said.

He said, in the last month of Ramadan, DMI Kalteng also held a Ramadan market to strengthen the community economy and also held a Kampung Ramadhan Berkah competition. In fact, at that time Sugianto appealed to 13 regents and one mayor in Central Kalimantan to provide assistance and support for the implementation of the Ramadan Blessing camp.

"That's what we're running to strengthen. Hopefully gradually this gets big. Indeed, the government manages with assistance, including smes to strengthen," he said.

Meanwhile, the Supervisory Board of the Darussalam Grand Mosque of Palangka Raya, Abu Sadiqin, explained that Muslims are growing in Central Kalimantan. Therefore, economic empowerment of the community is very important for the community.

"Islam in Palangka Raya, Alhamdulillah, from the beginning, there have been many non-Muslim stories. But, the reality of Islam is now evolving," Sadiqin said.

Based on the Republika guidelines on Thursday (25/7) afternoon, at the Darussalam Grand Mosque, there appears to be a mini stall on the left side of the mosque. The stalls can be used by the community to sell, so it is hoped that this mosque can prosper its worshippers.

Source: Republika Newspaper, 26 July 2019

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