KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 — Traders will soon be made to disclose the halal status of their leather goods under new regulation being drawn up by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, Bernama Online reported today.
According to the national news agency, the regulation is being prepared by experts from the Chemistry Department, Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and state Islamic religious councils, and is expected to be completed within few months.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Saripuddin Kasim said this would enable the traders to display their non-halal and halal items separately to ensure there would be no abuse of the halal certificate.
“At the moment there are no laws that enables the ministry to enforce this; we only advise the traders to do so,” he was quoted as saying.
Presently, the enforcement of halal certification is covered under the Trade Description Act, but it does not cover making it compulsory to disclose the halal status of leather goods.