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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

HDC Proposes Halal Act To Better Regulate Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- The Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC) Tuesday called on the government to introduce a Halal Act that will better regulate the halal industry and ensure activities are carried out properly.Its chief executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said working together with several law firms, HDC expects to complete a draft on the proposed Act by early next year before submitting it to the government."No matter how good the halal industry is, but if people start messing around (abusing the halal certificate and logo), it is Malaysia's image that will be tarnished," he told rpeorters after the opening of the Kuala Lumpur Islamic Finance Forum 2007 here.Jamil said the process of drawing up an Act was long and tedious and once the draft was submitted, there was a need to wait for feedback from the Attorney-General's Office."When you have an Act, you need to know who will be doing the enforcement and how it will be placed under a specific ministry. These are the issues that we need to address and it is a long process," he said.On another development, Jamil said HDC expects to finalise its Halal Industry Master Plan draft early next month before submitting it to the government for approval."This master plan is important as it will show the direction of the country's halal industry which involves many components, including capacity building, branding and promotion and regulatory framework," he said.

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