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Photo: International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed denied that there had been delays in obtaining halal certificates from JAKIM. He said the issue, which affected small and medium traders, had been resolved. New Straits Times / File pix
Mon Aug 7, 2017 | 12:45pm | KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia is determined to be the world leader in the halal industry.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said for this, Malaysia has put in place a comprehensive plan in terms promotional, investment, trade, legislation, and incentives to develop the halal industry.
"This (the halal industry) is our pride, as of how we are successful in the field of Islamic finance by being the number one in the world," he said in reply to a question from Datuk Mohd Zaim Abu Hasan (BN-Parit) in Parliament today.
He also noted that the government had put in place a master plan to propel the country's economic development.
In line with that, the government had set up the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM) as the one responsible for the issuance of the halal certification to companies.
At the same time, he denied that there had been delays in obtaining halal certificates from JAKIM.
He said the issue, which affected small and medium traders, had been resolved.
"JAKIM had accelerated the halal certification process through cooperation with the state Islamic religious council.
"Government agencies such as SME Corp help to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to facilitate small companies in getting consultancy, shop upgrade and so forth (in the process of obtaining halal certificates).
He said the process can be costly as companies would need to comply with hygiene standards and small companies may have difficulty to muster the necessary resources.
He added that in addition to grants from SME Corp, JAKIM has also implemented numerous courses and seminars to SMEs.
This, he said, will facilitate them in obtaining halal certification.
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