DATA from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) showed that more than 60% of halal product manufacturers were multinational companies owned by non-Muslims.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said this was because non-Muslim producers realise the importance of halal certification for their products to be marketed both domestically and internationally.
“On the other hand, many Bumiputera (Muslim) entrepreneurs have yet to apply for halal certification from us… why they have not perplexes me,” he said in his speech at the 2019 Jakim HALFEST held at the Mines International Exhibition Convention Centre (MIECC) in Kuala Lumpur.
Mujahid said with Jakim halal certification, a product is not only instantly recognised as using halal ingredients but also was hygienic regardless if it was Muslim or non-Muslim produced.
As such, he urged Bumiputera and Muslim producers who have yet to apply for the Jakim halal certification to immediately do so.
“With halal certification, Bumiputera companies will be able to compete with multinationals, not only domestically, but in the foreign markets as well, giving their products more access and consumer confidence,” he said.