KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) suggested that the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) should issue Halal certifications in the languages based on the race of its owners.
Its Secretary-General Datuk Dr. Maamor Osman said, for instance, if the products are produced by Malay Muslim owners, Jakim needs to issue the Halal Certifications in Jawi.
However, if the products are produced by the Chinese and Indians, the Halal certs should be written in Mandarin and Tamil instead.
According to him, the PPIM accepts that the Chinese education association, Dong Zong has rejected the implementation of Jawi introduction in schools next year.
“They (Dong Zong) do not want Jawi. It’s Okay. We can accept that. But, we would like it to be a total rejection and all products produced by the non-Muslims should not contain Jawi writings at all.
“This is not right. If we really hate Jawi, we should not use it, even in their products,” he told the media during the buy Utusan Malaysia and KOSMO! Campaign today.
Dr. Maamor also quoted examples of instant buns which uses Malay name when its owner and employees are non-Muslims.
According to him, the reason for the owner to use a Malay and Islamic brand name is to confuse Muslim consumers so that they will think that the food is halal.
“Its owner is non-Muslim, but they use a Malay brand name to confuse the Muslims.
“We would like to invite the Malay Muslims to be more careful in purchasing the products from non-Muslims which uses a Malay brand name,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette