The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has donated cattle to several regional administrations ahead of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), which is expected to fall on Friday.
West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji said on Tuesday that the administration had received a 1.2 ton cow that was purchased by the President from a local farmer in Rasau Jaya district, Kubu Raya regency.
He said the cow was to be donated directly to Nuril Jannah Mosque in Peniti Dalam village, Segedong district, Mempawah regency.
“The [meat] will then be distributed to the locals,” Sutarmidji said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
In addition to Jokowi’s cow, the provincial administration is also due to distribute 35 cows to 14 regencies and cities in the region. Sutarmidji said he would personally donate three additional cows.
He advised against gathering to watch the annual qurban (animal sacrifice) ritual to minimize the risk of COVID-19 contagion.
“The [qurban] committee will carry out the sacrifice and deliver [the meat] to directly to people’s homes,” he said.
The Papua provincial administration also acquired a cow weighing between 800 kilograms and 1 ton courtesy of Jokowi on Tuesday.
Papua Food and Agriculture Agency head Semuel Siriwa said the cow, purchased from a local farm in Keerom regency, was to be donated to Al-Fatah Abepantai Mosque in the provincial capital of Jayapura.
“The cow has fulfilled all the qurban requirements as stipulated in Agriculture Ministerial Regulation No. 114/2014,” Siriwa said, adding that the animal had been declared free of contagious diseases.
A cow donated by Jokowi to the West Sulawesi administration reportedly thrashed around for hours in Polewali Mandar regency.
Nicknamed “Puang Tedong”, the 1.2-ton cattle jerked around violently while it was being brought to a slaughterhouse in Pasangkayu regency on Monday.
The Religious Affairs Ministry has banned mass celebrations of Idul Adha in areas considered at high risk of COVID-19 contagion by their respective regional administrations. (rfa)