PETALING JAYA: Demand for cattle and goats for ritual sacrifice during the upcoming Hari Raya Haji has dropped drastically, leaving some suppliers in a quandary.
Muhamad Taufiq Abu Bakar, 30, from Masjid Tanah, Melaka, says sales have been very slow this year although he is ready to take orders.
“I usually get orders for between 45 and 50 heads of cattle and no fewer than 25 goats.
“But this year, I got orders for only 10 heads of cattle and not even one goat, ” he said yesterday.
Muhamad Taufiq, who has a herd of about 400 goats, is now worried about being unable to sell his livestock.
“Though the celebration is allowed under the recovery movement control order, many are still afraid due to a lack of clear guidelines.
“Many will surely want to come if there is a kenduri, but they are scared of the virus and being fined for attending a large gathering, ” he said.
Supplier Muhammad Hafis Selamat, 37, said cattle and goats could be readily sourced from Perlis and Johor but demand had dropped.
“Last year, I sold about 100 cows and 70 goats. However, I have not gotten even a single order this year, ” he said.
“Besides fear of contracting Covid-19, some families are being more thrifty.
“They may not want to spend a lot on celebrations this year because they may need money for more important things.”
Muhammad Hafis, from Kuala Selangor, is now forced to supply fruits instead of livestock to survive.
Firdaous Fadzil, 32, Pendang, Kedah, said his family would not order a whole cow for the ceremony but instead share the cost for one animal with several other families.
“The ceremony is usually done through the mosque with the community gathering later to portion out the meat, ” he said.
Shaukani Abbas, 63, from Kampung Lapan, Melaka, also said that families would not be able to afford a whole cow or goat and would likely share the cost with others.
“The ceremony is usually done through the village surau or mosque but so far no guidelines have been given, ” he said.
Shaukani said many may continue to shun large gatherings such kenduri due to Covid-19 fears.