Fuziah denies that vaccines are not halal

Vaccines are beneficial for Muslims, says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh. (File pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh denied claims that the construction of the country’s first halal vaccine plant meant the vaccines used all this while were not halal.

She said that unlike food which obtained halal certification from the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim), vaccine gets its recognition from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“When it comes to a vaccine, we talk about the content used. It does not fall under Jakim but there are other acts for pharmaceuticals.

“Even though some doubted the halal status of vaccine, the principle should be its intake is beneficial to Muslims,” she told reporters after launching the Asnaf Treatment Card and Breastfeeding Mother Card at Pusrawi Hospital here today.

Fuziah said the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) was targeting to get between 2% and 4% of the hardcore poor (asnaf) out of the category this year.

She said it was the new Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the council.

Education and entrepreneurship were among the best measures to get the hardcore poor out of poverty, she said.