Malaysia: Islamic Religious Councils Advised To Set Up Own Abattoirs


KUALA TERENGGANU, July 2 (Bernama) — State Islamic religious councils have been advised to set up their own abattoirs to ensure confidence among Muslims that meat and poultry slaughter processes were truly halal.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Major-General (Rtd) Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the respective councils could achieve this by forming a subsidiary company or by cooperating with other companies.

He said there were still people who questioned the halal status of slaughtered poultry.

“So, I suggest that state Islamic religious councils set up their own slaughterhouses and obtain a certificate to restore confidence in the public,” he told reporters after launching the 21st Civil and Syarak Law Coordination Conference here Saturday.

The conference was also attended by Malaysian Islamic Development Department director-general Othman Mustapha and state religious and information committee chairman Khazan Che Mat.

Jamil Khir hoped non-Muslim operators would also heed syariah requirements by providing Muslim slaughterers, including foreigners.