Malaysia: MOU signing between Department of Statistics Malaysia and HDC

Left to Right (Hairol Ariffein Sahari, CEO of HDC, Hanisofian Alias (HDC), Puan Nazaria Baharudin, Deputy Chief Statistician Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician Malaysia, Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM)

Department of Statistics Malaysia-HDC Sign Memorandum of Understanding, Co-operate in Halal Industry Data Analytics

KUALA LUMPUR, MARCH 17, 2021 – Malaysia as the world’s leading halal hub, is committed to strengthen the agenda of Malaysia’s comprehensive halal industry database. Hence, the Department of Statistic Malaysia (DOSM) and Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC) today signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on co-operation in empowering research and data analytics on halal industry.

DOSM was represented by Chief Statistician, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin and HDC was represented by Mr. Hairol Ariffein Sahari, Chief Executive Officer.

Both parties have agreed to take necessary steps in encouraging and promoting co-operation in empowering halal industry statistical services through, knowledge sharing and statistical generated data.

Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin said, “As the producer of national statistics, DOSM continues to enhance its role by diversifying data sources through big data initiative and administrative data. With the signing of this MoU, more halal industry statistics can be realized through further analysis and research with the cooperation of both parties. This is a part of continuous effort in cultivating evidence based decision making for the benefit of the industry”.

Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin also stated, “DOSM had published extensive information on Halal Statistics in Malaysia such as sales, values added and employment. DOSM also publishes statistics on exports of halal products on a monthly basis’.

“I am proud to share a very significant milestone in the Malaysia halal industry where HDC in collaboration with DOSM will be working towards the production of Malaysia’s Halal Industry Statistical Data Analysis, the first in the world verified of halal big data backed by the Government to pave the way for more precise economic indicators on halal industry”, said Hairol Ariffein.

The MoU signing ceremony was held in conjunction of HDC’s webinar entitled, Halal Sectoral Roadmap Implementation 2021. “Halal Sectoral Roadmap is introduced by HDC to strengthen the halal national blueprint based on current global economic scenario. Two sectors have been chosen, namely, Pharmaceuticals and Food Services sector with the objective to achieve RM40 billion revenue generated by Halal Food Services and RM1.6 billion revenue generated by Halal Pharmaceuticals sector by 2025”, explained Hairol Ariffein further.

This initiative is certainly appropriate in view of the current global economic outlook and increasing demand for high value halal products and services. It also reaffirms HDC’s commitment to increase halal industry economic returns focusing on our niche areas within the halal promoted sectors.

In actively promoting Malaysia Halal Industry globally, HDC facilitates an integrated services and offerings to unlock halal market potentials; putting SMEs business towards the abundance of opportunities and untapped resources in one of the world’s fastest moving consumer segments. As at 2020, the cumulative figure since 2010 on halal export is more than RM370 billion and RM16.1 billion worth of investments into Halal Parks all over the country.

The Malaysia Population and Housing Census 2020 (Malaysia Census 2020) via face to face and online (e-Census) is being conducted nationwide until 30 June 2021. All Malaysian residents are urged to cooperate in realising the success of Malaysia Census 2020 to ensure that no one is left behind as your data is our future. Please visit the Malaysia Census 2020 portal at or social media @MyCensus2020 for more info.