PETALING JAYA, Oct 23 (Bernama) — Acceptance and
awareness of the halal industry is growing based on the keen interest
shown by local and international firms, to participate in Halal
Development Corporation’s (HDC) Halal Training Programme (HAP).
With about 8,000 participants currently, HDC expects to train
approximately 10,000 participants next year, its Vice-President of
Halal Intergrity Mariam Abdul Latif said.
“When we kicked-off in 2007, there were only about 50
participants, the number shot up to about 8,000 todate,” she said at a
media briefing here today.
Apart from transforming Malaysia into a global Halal hub, she said
the corporation was now setting its focus on turning Malaysia into an
international reference centre for Halal training.
The corporation is aggresively working on new modules to help the
industry players to assist them to become a competitive Halal business
It has nine modules now and will introduce two new modules by end of this year.
“We are also able to customise these training programmes to suit
the unique requirements of our clients across various cultures,” Mariam
“Already, our experts have trained interested parties in Australia, Turkey, China, Japan and Brunei,” she added.
HDC has been also collaborating with various parties including
skills training providers such as the Penang Skills Development Centre
and Pahang Skills Development Centre to provide training and to market
its training program.
Mariam said HDC expected to have its own Halal Academy by 2013.
The academy will focus on the implementation and the practical part of the halal industry.
HDC has already started working on the academy which will be of
international standard, she said, adding that it could be the first in
the world with systematic Halal training modules.