Indonesia: MUI Criticizes NU’s Plan to Draft Halal Certification

| 02/02/2012 | 1 Reply

Thursday, 02 February, 2012 | 13:54 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has criticized Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) plan to draft halal and honesty certifications for its members.

Lukmanul Hakim, MUI’s food, drug and cosmetics study agency’s (LPPOM MUI) director, said it was unnecessary for NU to issue its own certifications because the LPPOM’s halal certificate was transparent and practical. However, he said, the certificate arrangement was subject to fees because the office is not subsidized by the government.

NU Businessmen’s Association (HPN) chairman, Abdul Kholik, questioned the ban. He said the NU’s certification plan aimed to protect its members under stricter NU references for determining whether a product is halal.

“It’s true the MUI is the head of all Islamic organizations, including NU, but we don’t feel that we’re represented by its halal certificate,” said Abdul.

MUI Secretary General Muhammad Alkhathath said that in the certification process, an audit must be conducted by an expert to check whether a product was halal. “In principle, it’s like the food and drug monitoring agency,” he said.

AFRILIA SURYANIS / FATKHURROHMAN TAUFIQ

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Category: Asia, Halal Integrity, Indonesia

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  1. Mohamed El-Mouelhy says:

    LP-POM-MUI not only charges or Halal certification it charges for the audit too and the money goes to the auditors not the LP-POM-MUI. It also asks for companies abroad to pay for the auditors’ fiscal which it should not do.

    To approve Halal certifiers a fees are paid to Amidhan Shabera, Ichwan Sam and Lukmanul Hakim personally. (corruption is alive and well in LP-POM-MUI).

    I have no doubt NU will do better and will be free of corruption.

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