Not compulsory to apply for halal certificate and logo — Jamil Khir
Posted on July 4, 2012, Wednesday
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom yesterday said that food outlet operators were not compelled to apply for halal certificate and logo.
However, he said they were encouraged to do so voluntarily to show their concerns for the Muslim consumers in the country.
“The government is not making it compulsory for all food outlets (to apply and display halal certificate and logo) because our consumers comprise multi-racial and multi-religious people.
“We have to take into account the female hawkers who sell ‘nasi lemak’ in Kedah, ‘nasi dagang’ in Kelantan and ‘keropok lekor’ in Terengganu. If we compel them to apply for halal certificate, they’ll probably close shop.” He said this to reporters after opening the ‘Dar Assaadah’ dialogue at the Dar Assaadah Shelter Home in Jalan Ipoh here yesterday. — Bernama