Media Statement - More livestock available for Korban
30 July 2015
- The Singapore Mosques Korban Committee (JKMS) is pleased to announce that it has successfully secured 200 more livestock for the Muslim community for the Korban rites this year. A total of 3,700 animals, consisting of 2,000 sheep from Australia and 1,700 lambs from Ireland, are available for Korban at 25 mosques (see Annex A).
JKMS chairman, Ustaz Rashid Ramlistated, “JKMS is grateful to be able to safeguard the syiar of korban for the Singapore Muslim Community in 2015. We have secured a total of 3,700 animals for the community, at a lower price compared to last year. Our mosques are on track with preparations for the Korban, and are ready to receive orders from the jemaah. We will work to continually improve our services and pray for smooth Korban operations this year.”
Registration for Korban
- Registration for Korban 2015 opens on Saturday, 1 August 2015 and will close on Monday, 14 September 2015. Members of the public who wish to perform Korban can register their intent and submit their particulars at the 25 listed mosques for orders of Australian sheep and Irish lamb. Hardcopy forms for both Irish and Australian sheep are available at all 25 mosques on Saturday, 1 August 2015.
- The price of each sheep supplied by the Approved Korban Vendor (AKV) for 2015 for each Australian sheep is set at $490, this is $9 less per sheep1 as compared to the price in 2014. The price for each lamb offered is set at $570, this is $5 less per lamb than the price in 2014.
Alternative Source of Livestock
- While Australia remains the primary source of livestock for Korban in Singapore, JKMS continues to work with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) to explore the most suitable alternative sources that meet the highest criteria of Singapore’s food safety, animal health and veterinary public health standards.
- In 2013, Muis and JKMS conducted a trial for a secondary source of livestock so as to avoid any unforeseen supply disruption in the future. 500 sheep from Canada were brought in
for Korban in addition to the usual supply of livestock from Australia, the trial was a success. In 2014, 1,500 lambs from Ireland were brought in successfully for Korban rites.
- This year MES Pte Ltd as the Approved Korban Vendor (AKV) explored opportunities to import from AVA-approved sources and proposed to import lamb from Ireland and sheep from Australia. Upon weighing the options, JKMS decided that this was the most cost effective and best possible option for Korban 2015.
- Korban using Australian sheep will be conducted at 12 mosques2 that meet the requirements of Australia’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS)3 regulatory framework.
- While Korban using Irish lamb are not subjected to ESCAS audit, in keeping with our livestock management and animal handling standards, the 13 participating mosques offering Irish lamb will adopt the same standard operating procedures for Korban operations, which includes transporting, handling and slaughtering of livestock, at all venues. These standards are in accordance with the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) internationally accepted animal welfare and food hygiene standards.
- For further clarifications on Korban 2015, please contact Ustaz Rashid Ramli, Chairman of JKMS at 6631 0153/ email@example.com or Mohd Badrulhisham, at 6359 1404 / firstname.lastname@example.org
JAWATANKUASA KORBAN MASJID-MASJID DI SINGAPURA (JKMS)
SINGAPORE MOSQUES KORBAN COMMITTEE
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Last updated on 21/3/2018