3,700 sheep arrive in Singapore for annual korban rituals

Worshipers standing in line outside En-Naeem Mosque after registering to collect korban meat on Sept 12, 2016.
Worshipers standing in line outside En-Naeem Mosque after registering to collect korban meat on Sept 12, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore has received 3,700 sheep from Australia for this year's korban rituals.

The livestock arrived on two flights on Monday (Aug 28) and Wednesday (Aug 30) and have been taken to the 25 korban centres, the Singapore Mosques Korban Committee (JKMS) said in a statement on Wednesday.

JKMS chairman Saat Matari said the centres were well-prepared for the rituals, which will take place on Hari Raya Eiduladha, which is from Aug 31 to Sept 1.

J KMS and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) have jointly conducted training for Korban volunteers so they will know how to handle the animals. They will also be guided by seasoned volunteers.

"These training sessions are very important in ensuring all centres adopt the same high level of standards, and that korban operations will be carried out smoothly," Mr Saat Matari said.

As in previous years, there will be standard operating procedures to maintain animal welfare and food hygiene standards.

There will also be representatives from AVA, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and JKMS at all Korban sites.

During the ritual, participants are allowed to witness the slaughter only when it is their turn, but they are not allowed to slaughter the sheep themselves.

No one is allowed to take photos or videos in the operation areas.

"We wish to seek the cooperation of all parties to ensure that the korban rites 2017 will proceed smoothly. We wish to thank all parties participating in the korban as well as members of the public for their cooperation," JKMS said.