KUALA LUMPUR: An immediate approval within three to seven days.
This is among four new initiatives of the Malaysian Islamic Department (Jakim) introduced last month to expedite the issuance of the Malaysian Halal Verification Certificate (SPHM).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom said through these initiatives, 85% of SPHM applications could be approved within only one month.
Jamil was replying to a question from Dr Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong) on the latest initiatives by Jakim to improve the process of issuing halal certificates.
Meanwhile, during the oral question session, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said there was no legal provision that allowed the government to issue “non-halal certificates” for prohibited goods or products.
He said the provision of certification controls, logos and halal signs are under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 (Halal Certification and Marking) and (Halal Definition) Order 2011.
“Order 2011 recommends Jakim and state Islamic religious councils (MAIN) or state Islamic religious departments (JAIN) as a credible authority in halal certification in Malaysia,” he said.
He was replying to a question from Ahmad Baihaki Atiqullah (PAS-Kubang Kerian) if the government planned to issue non-halal certificates or stamps on prohibited goods to Muslims.
Asyraf said currently the halal certification was on a voluntary basis and open to all, irrespective of religion or race.