THE state has launched the Selangor Halal Voucher 2022 programme to help the less fortunate community who face the burden of rising food cost.
Launched by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, the programme will ensure an estimated 2,800 Selangor citizens with a monthly household income that falls below the poverty line will receive benefits.
They will be identified by the People’s Service Centre in each state constituency.
Those who are already receiving government aid are also eligible to apply and will be considered with the approval of their respective state assemblyman.
Each voucher worth RM100 can be used to buy halal provisions per transaction at four participating premises such as Kohihira, Mydin, Azzainmart Peneraju Kedai Halal and 99 Speed Mart.
Amirudin hoped more companies would cooperate in the initiative.
“The committee is also preparing a mobile app to allow the public to identify if the particular product has received halal certification.
“It will also encourage more companies to drive their products, especially food products, to obtain halal certification,” he added.
State Islamic affairs, consumer affairs, and halal industry committee chairman Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni said in addition to helping Selangor folk, the programme would also support and promote halal products, especially in the micro and small business markets to empower the halal industry in Selangor.
“The halal market is quite extensive and goes beyond various consumer groups including the non-Muslim community.
“It helps the Muslim community meet the demands of Islamic syariah compliance, and indirectly offers the non-Muslim community access to a variety of products certified clean, safe and of high quality,” said Mohd Zawawi.
He added that programmes such as the Selangor Halal Voucher 2022 were in line with the state government’s focus to make Selangor the top choice for halal trade in the region as well as globally.
The Selangor Halal Voucher Programme 2022 will be valid from September to the end of December.