SIBU: Members of a surau in Kampung Dato Baru near here, were forced to carry out a korban (religious sacrifice) in an eight-feet-deep drain after the sacrificial bull escaped from its barn.
Surau Darul Jannah chairman Ali Supian Daud, 45, said the bull escaped from the barn around 7.30am on Saturday (August 1) and crashed into the surau fence before running to the open area in front of the surau.
Members of the surau saw the bull running away and gave chase along with a few villagers.
Initially, the villagers managed to tie it to a tree but the bull began acting aggressively and jumped into a drain across the road in front of the surau.
"After several attempts by the villagers to remove the bull from the drain proved unsuccessful, we contacted the Fire Department around 11am to seek their help. However that still did not work," he said.
As the bull became more aggressive and difficult to calm down, the sacrificial committee of the surau suggested that it be slaughtered in the drain instead.
Three people went down the drain to tie the cow's legs while others held the rope so that the slaughtering process could be carried out.
"This is an experience I will never forget because it was the first time I slaughtered a sacrificial bull in a drain," said the surau's Imam Ustaz Fathoni Sukriyo.
The bull was among seven which were sacrificed on Saturday morning.