Halal certification benchmarking to be announced soon – Ahmad Zahid
28 Feb 2023
Benchmarking with regard to the issuance of halal certificates to entrepreneurs will be announced in the near future, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Minister of Rural and Regional Development said a discussion was held over the matter with the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) and the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) recently.
“We will coordinate according to the benchmarks that have been determined and we will look at all the conditions that have been issued.
“In the next halal meeting, I will ask for a certain period so that benchmarking can be done, on whether it (the application) has passed or not passed, or whether it requires some improvement, there must be a period (for the improvement) and not too long as well. This will be determined by Jakim, Halal Development Corporation and Miti,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Mara Halal Industrial Park here today.
Ahmad Zahid was asked to comment on claims that some entrepreneurs found it difficult to obtain a halal certificate.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Ahmad Zahid said the opportunity for the development of the halal industry was wide open as global halal trade was projected to reach RM22.34 trillion by 2030.
“The value of Malaysia’s domestic halal market is projected to increase to RM400 billion, thus contributing 11 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2030,” he said.
At the ceremony, Ahmad Zahid launched the rebranding of the Mara Food Industry Complex (KIMAR) to the Mara Halal Industrial Park.