One body now for Malaysia Halal Industry

| 06/04/2008 | Reply

KUALA LUMPUR: Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) is now the only body in the country authorised to issue halal certificates.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
said HDC would also conduct research and development, organise
expositions and promote the halal industry.

He
said the cabinet decided to streamline halal operations, which until
now had been handled by two separate bodies, the Department of Islamic
Development Malaysia (Jakim) and the Ministry of International Trade
and Industry (Miti).

Jakim handled certification while Miti was involved in promotions, marketing and exhibitions.

He
said 163 Jakim officers involved in certification had been absorbed
into HDC, and the government-owned corporation would continue to use
the Jakim logo.

He explained that HDC was not a privatised company, but a
unit in the Prime Minister’s Department. The minister in charge is
Senator Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz. It was set up in 2006 to grow the halal
industry here.

Speaking
after a visit to the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia
(Ikim), Ahmad Zahid said that the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) acknowledged Malaysia as the halal hub, and Malaysia’s
was the only international halal certification recognised within the
OIC.

He also said a lack of understanding of the concept of
Islam Hadhari and the fact that little was done to translate it into
action could have contributed to the Barisan Nasional’s losses in last
month’s general election.

He said Ikim had been tasked with
explaining the philosophy of Islam Hadhari to the people and
translating it into action. Each principle would have a follow-up in
order to strengthen it.

He said Ikim also had the authority to
explain Islam, he said, and it planned to hold interfaith dialogues to
increase understanding.

Category: Asia, Halal Integrity

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