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THERE is no need for the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) to cooperate with local authorities to facilitate the issuance of halal certificates to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Idris Ahmad said this is because the application and approval of the halal certificate issued by Jakim is not a complicated process.
“The application and approval process for this halal certificate is simple and applicants only need to comply with our standard operating procedures within 30 days. Usually, if all the rules are met, approval will only take 16 or 17 days,” he said when met by reporters at Kampung Sungai Tinggi Trong, Bukit Gantang today.
“Normally, if one does not get approval, it is because some conditions are not met.,
“We also have to remember that this certificate cannot be issued automatically even if the applicant is a Muslim.”
On August 18, Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia president Abdul Halim Husin suggested that Jakim coordinates with the local authorities to make it easier for SMEs to obtain halal certification.
Halim was also reported as saying the proposal was made as SMEs, which make up more than 76% of all registered companies in Malaysia and contribute over 34% of GDP, are facing difficulty in obtaining halal certification due to the requirement of local authority licences.
Idris said although the issuance of halal certificates is under Jakim’s jurisdiction, enforcement action against any entrepreneur who misuses the certificate is the responsibility of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP).
“Jakim has no authority to take action. The matter is under KPDNHEP. Jakim only has the right to provide information and monitor whether these entrepreneurs follow the standards set or otherwise,” he said. – Bernama, August 21, 2022.