Halal Act To Be Introduced Next Year

LANGKAWI, Nov 8 (Bernama) — The Halal Act that is meant
to ensure halal foods and the processing of halal items are in
accordance to Islamic requirements will be enforced by next year, said
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Maj Gen (Rtd)
Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom.

He said the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim)
together with state religious departments and the Attorney-General’s
Office were in the process of formulating the bill, which was expected
to be completed soon.

“Once the Act comes into force, it will facilitate enforcement in
halal matters at business premises nationwide,” he told reporters after
closing a human development course organised by Jakim for senior
government officials from the northern zone and Pahang, here on Sunday.

Jamil Khir also said a laboratory for examining halal foods would
be built in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

He said the government had acquired the land for it and that a
RM20 million allocation was being sought to implement the first phase
of the project.