17/06/2024 03:29 PM

LABUAN, June 17 (Bernama) -- The Labuan Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) has approved 247 livestock for the ‘ibadah korban’ (sacrificial rituals) in conjunction with the Aidiladha celebration on the duty-free island.

Its deputy director Dr Larry David said that most of the livestock were sourced from mainland Sabah, with the remainder supplied by the local company, Sittha Farm.

Of the approved livestock, there are 130 cattle and 94 goats.

He added that the necessary approvals had been issued in advance of the Aidiladha celebration, ensuring a smooth process for this significant religious event.

Permits had been issued for the slaughter of livestock outside of traditional abattoirs, including at mosques, residential areas, and other suitable locations, he said.

“We have ensured that all permits for the sacrificial rituals were issued weeks before the celebration to allow adequate preparation time.

“Our department, in cooperation with other relevant authorities, such as the Health Department and the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI), has set strict regulations that must be adhered to by all organizers,” he said.

Random checks by Bernama at several mosques found that the sacrificial rites were being carried out smoothly and on a modest scale, involving hundreds of local community members.

The meat from the sacrificed animals was then distributed to those in need.

Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Dr Suhaili Abd Rahman said that this year’s ‘ibadah korban’ in Labuan underscores the island’s commitment to maintaining tradition while adhering to regulatory guidelines, ensuring the welfare of both the animals and the community.




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