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Malaysia: ‘Certs only for halal products’

12/7/11  thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the respective state Islamic religious councils will not give recognition nor issue halal certificates and logo for non-halal products.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Deputy Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim said this was because such recognition would be contrary to the halal standards specified by the authority concerned.

This was among the conditions contained in the Trade Descriptions Bill 2011 which was passed by the Dewan Negara yesterday.

She said among the products involved were bak kut teh, beer and bacon which had previously used the halal label and could confuse the people.

“Once the bill has been passed, only the certification and logo issued by Jakim and the state religious councils are allowed. This means that certification by other bodies will not be permitted,” she said when winding up the debate on the Trade Descriptions Bill 2011.

Rohani said under the new Bill, full powers were given to Jakim and the state religious councils to issue the halal logos to avoid confusion under the previous method of certification.

> The Government has no plans to relax the rules concerning the use of tinted car windows despite calls to do so in view of rising temperatures, Deputy Transport Minis-ter Jelaing Mersat said.

“Relaxing the rules may affect enforcement by the police and Road Transport Department.

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