Jakarta-wapresri.go.id When receiving the Indonesian Waqf Board (BWI) in his office in Jakarta on Thursday (12/22/2016), Vice President Jusuf Kalla ordered that all assets of waqf (Islamic endowments) be registered.

The Vice President observed, many waqf assets do not have evidence of endowments. Almost all donated lands, he added, are managed individually and with no evidence of endowments.

“With the evidence of endowments, it is expected that waqf assets can be saved and will have greater benefits to the interests and welfare of the people,” said the Vice President responding to BWI’s concerns on many nazhir (waqf managers) which are individual and do not yet have the status of legal entity, and thus make their legal position weak.

Previously, BWI led by its chairman Slamet Riyanto complained that a number of waqf lands have reduced due to being exchanged, sold, or even in dispute.

In this regard, the Vice President asserted that the replacement of lost endowed lands and their altered functions must be performed in accordance with the provisions of the prevailing laws and regulations.

At the meeting, Slamet Riyanto also reported programs that BWI have been conducted, including the strengthening of the legal status of nazhir and productive endowment projects.

“Together with Dompet Dhuafa Foundation, BWI has managed and developed local assets, such as the building of Women and Children Hospital in Banten Province which will be operational from January 2017. It also has designed a business model for the management of endowers’ rights and prepared regulations related to research or access to land endowments,” he said.