|Monday, 22 August 2011 04:46|
ALL STATES TARGETED TO USE E-HALAL BY NEXT YEAR
The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) targets that all states will start using the e-halal system by next year, so that this system could be standardized throughout the nation, Director General of Jakim, Tuan Haji Othman bin Mustapha said at the E-Halal System Implementation Hand Over Ceremony to the states on August 10th, 2011 at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).
He added that this year, only seven states will be implementing the system, starting with Pulau Pinang, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Sabah, whilst Pahang, Sarawak and Johor will commence the implementation at the end of this year.
He said to ensure that the system runs smoothly, all officers in charge of Malaysian halal certification must be given adequate training to handle applications.
“The agreed certification standardization concept means the use of the same standards, procedures, certificate and logo by Jakim, the State Islamic Religious Councils (MAIN) and the State Islamic Religious Departments (JAIN),” he said.
The ceremony was officiated by Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department, YB Senator Dato' Dr. Mashitah Ibrahim. Also present were the Heads of State Islamic Religious Councils, State Islamic Religious Department Directors, Advisory Board Members of Malaysian Halal Certification and other agencies involved in the Malaysian Halal Certification effort.
The application of the e-Halal system was initiated by Jakim in 2007, and amongst others, the objectives are to facilitate on-line applications for halal certifications for industry and to provide a database on halal companies and products, that may be accessed by anyone interested to check the halal confirmation status of products, consumer goods and premises, including restaurants and hotels.
With the standardization of the system, JAIN and MAIN will be the authorized managers for halal certification in their respective states whilst Jakim will provide the system, standards, certification and monitoring services.
He hoped that the implementation of the system will address the confusion over the usage of different halal logos at the moment.
"The expansion of this system is a preparation for more applications that are expected to come as a result of the implementation of the Trade Description Act 2011," he said.