management and issuance of halal certificates has been transferred back
to the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) from the Halal
Development Corporation (HDC).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s
Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom said the Cabinet directive came
into force with immediate effect.
“The Government felt that it
was better to separate the role of the issuance of halal certificates
and the development of the regional and global halal market between the
“The move will help improve public confidence in
Jakim’s duties in the halal certification industry,” he told a press
conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
Jamil Khir also said Jakim officers who had been seconded to HDC to assist in the certification process will return to Jakim.
added that Jakim would be involved in improving the legal process of
halal certification and conduct research to create quality and
competitive halal products.