Hornbill Unleashed

September 25, 2016

New halal logo only for Muslim-made products

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

The halal logo is seen on eggs. Ikiam and Risda said they will launch a new halal logo specifically for products produced by Muslims. ― Picture via Facebook/Jakim The Malaysia Institute of International Islamic Cooperation (Ikiam) with the cooperation of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) will launch a halal logo specifically for Muslim products early next year.

Risda chairman Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the halal logo would be launched at a conference to be attended by representatives from Islamic organisations within and outside the country.

He said the proposed logo to be issued by Ikiam, which would denote products produced by Muslims, would go hand in hand with the halal logo issued by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

“The need for another halal logo is to distinguish products that were produced by Muslims against that of non-Muslims besides helping Risda smallholding entrepreneurs and Muslim entrepreneurs make forays into the halal markets locally and abroad,” he said.

This will also help clear misgivings over the veracity of halal products as some companies are said to have flouted the halal rules upon getting halal certification from Jakim, he told reporters after opening the state-level Risda Entrepreneurial Seminar here today.

“So, with the proposed IKIAM halal logo (going alongside Jakim’s halal logo), people will be more confident (of the veracity of halal products),” he said.

Meanwhile, Zahidi said the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is in the ratification process, holds great potentials for Bumiputera entrepreneurs, including Risda smallholders, to dominate the halal industry globally.

“At the regional level, for example, a Muslim company with 60 branches across China has recently asked Risda to supply halal products to them. So, halal business opportunity abounds,” he said.

Zahidi lamented over too few Muslim entrepreneurs applying for halal certification for their products as they accounted for only 28 per cent against 72 per cent non-Malay entrepreneurs.

“Only 11 per cent of Muslim companies were registered with the Halal Industry Development Corporation (under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry) for the export market against 89 per cent non-Muslim companies,” he said.

On the 2017 Budget, he hopes Risda would receive the fund it had asked for as last year it received RM120 million less of the amount sought, much to the dismay of smallholders who had cut down rubber trees for replanting.

Bernama Online


  1. It is well and good to have another distinction in food labelling. Now Malays and Muslims can safely and happily eat their way to heaven. But Risda chairman Zahidi Zainul Abidin must also remember that there could be an unexpected conseguence – non-Muslims may decide to boycott all products carrying halal labels. Ahh well, I suppose Malay producers can always survive on the Malay market alone. Where would the headquarters be, Low Yat Two?

    Comment by Richie — September 26, 2016 @ 4:06 PM | Reply

  2. You will not die from eating non-halal food, but you will definitely suffer from the punishment by the authority. Why why why still not wake up?

    Comment by Tigeryk — September 26, 2016 @ 8:16 AM | Reply

  3. it looks like the current bunch of PENCURI in the gov, including Mo1, are Christians kah…???…lol…..tiu nia mah….

    Comment by tiuniamah — September 25, 2016 @ 8:34 PM | Reply

  4. In the business sense this is to give another advantage to malay producer of goods.

    Comment by Richie — September 25, 2016 @ 10:15 AM | Reply

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