SINGAPORE: Muslims in Singapore celebrated Hari Raya Haji on Tuesday by performing the korban rites, or sacrifice, and distributing meat to more than 1,200 needy families.
For most Muslims, the day started at around six in the morning with prayers at the mosque.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim was at the Darul Makmur Mosque in Yishun.
Speaking to the media, Dr Yaacob said korban operations this year have been successful, despite earlier concerns over sheep supply from Australia.
The number of sheep eventually brought in from Australia went down this year, following stricter conditions by Australian authorities that require Australian livestock be treated in accordance with the World Organisation for Animal Health's (OIE) internationally accepted animal welfare standards.
In anticipation of a possible shortfall, 500 sheep were brought in from Canada for the first time.
Dr Yaacob said all the sheep from Canada were sold out despite a heftier price tag of S$757 per sheep, or S$300 more than the sheep from Australia.
Some 2,800 sheep were sacrificed on Tuesday, down from 6,000 in 2010.
Dr Yaacob said: "All of the livestock that we have imported from both Australia and Canada have been sold, so I thank the community for their support. More importantly, for their patience in working together with MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) and the korban committee to ensure that korban operations are carried out smoothly.
“All in all, I think we're quite happy with the development and we'll continue to explore alternative sources in the future, clearly to provide some redundancy and diversity in our supply because there's still a strong need within the community to carry out the sacrifice here within Singapore." - CNA/gn
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