Follow guidelines, organisers told

Abdul Rahman hands over a mock cheque to a representative of the organising committee for ‘qurban’ rituals.


KUCHING: The organisers of ‘qurban’ rituals in Sarawak must adhere to guidelines set by the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) to avoid being penalised.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the rituals were subject to adjustments throughout the current recovery movement control order (CMCO).

“We do not want any of our people to be prosecuted for violating the guidelines. It (ritual) is not the same as before as it needs to be changed,” he said.

He said this when representing Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi at ‘Santubong Lembu Korban Presentation Ceremony’ here yesterday (July 25).

A total of 68 heads of cattle were donated to 62 villages in Santubong constituency, Kampung Muhibbah Sri Aman, Kuching District Police Headquarters and Kampung Stutong Melayu.

Abdul Rahman, who is also Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply), said among the necessary changes to be made included the formation of the organising committee, obtaining permission from the Islamic Religious Department Sarawak (Jais) and the approval of the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak.

“The location for the ritual can only be at a slaughterhouse or courtyard of a mosque and surau. If anyone intends to perform the rituals at other locations such as a house yard, permission from Jais must be obtained,” he said.

He urged the people of Santubong constituency to venture into entrepreneurship as many facilities and assistance were provided by the government.

“We are lucky because our MP (Wan Junaidi) has been appointed as the Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives.

“Please go into entrepreneurship as many relevant programmes are held in our area,” he said.

According to him, the Sarawak government also intended to produce many entrepreneurs in various fields.

“It is among the efforts to improve the socio-economic level of society,” he said.

Also present was Pemanca Kuching Utara Rashidi Junai.