Halal is an Arabic word which
means permissible or lawful. In the Holy Quran, God commands Muslims
and all of mankind to eat of the Halal things - "O mankind!
Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome, and follow not the footsteps
of the devil. Lo! he is an avowed enemy of you."
The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia
or JAKIM (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam
Malaysia) introduced its new Halal Stamp
in October 2003. The new stamp is the standard stamp
used by all states in Malaysia in contrast to the
ealier one where each state has its own stamp.
colour of the Halal Stamp is black and white.
However, certificate holders can choose any colour
they wish to suit their need. The code number printed
within the circle (H-15 shown in sample) indicates
the Malaysian State that issues the certification.
is outlined in the booklet by JAKIM on General Guidelines
On The Slaughtering Of Animals And The Preparation
And Handling of Halal Food (2001) that the examiner
will only confer halal status when he is fully confident
and satisfied beyond any reasonable doubt on every
aspects of the examination. The examination should
not create or give rise to any question or doubt and
the examination process shall cover all aspects of:
to obtain Malaysian Halal Certification
Malaysian institutions and sites
cam apply for Halal Certification directly from
the Division of Islamic Food & Consumption
of JAKIM. Details are available
from JAKIM's website www.islam.gov.my/english/
Non- Malaysian institutions and sites
also conducts site inspections outside Malaysia
for the purpose of accredition since there are
imported products in the Malaysian market that
carry the halal stamp. Such inspections are
essentially for the benefits of Malaysian Muslims,
in particular, as well as other Muslims who
recognise JAKIM's responsibility. However, these
inspections do not determine whether sites should
cease to operate or otherwise. Should JAKIM
find substantial evidence that a site is in
breach of the Islamic rules, JAKIM may disallow
sale of its product in Malaysia as halal.
accredition process entails site
inspection by competent Malaysian
officials and the appointment of
an Islamic Organisation that will
be entrusted to supervise and monitor
the halal status of the site concerned.
The Islamic Organisation will be
officially accredited by JAKIM and
Halal Certificate for products to
be exported to Malaysia will be
issued by such approved organisation.
For details visit www.halaljakim.gov.my.
the halal status conferred to an
approved site or establishment or
will be for a period of one year.
During this period, the accredited
Islamic Organisation will constantly
monitor the site. To maintain its
halal status, the establishment
will be subject to inspection by
competent Malaysian officials biennially.
is obligatory for an accredited
Islamic Organisation to monitor
or supervise any site or establishment.
Failure to carry out this responsibilty
will result in annulment of its
accredition and withdrawal of the
halal certification awarded to the