THE halal industry in Selangor is expected to grow by 15% this year, says Mentri Besar Incorporated (MBI) chief operating officer Saipolyazan Yusop.
He said the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions had given the industry a boost.
“The demand for halal products and services is expected to grow across many sectors, and Selangor is well-positioned to capitalise on it,” he said.
MBI, which is the state investment arm, is working via its subsidiary HIS Toyyiba Sdn Bhd to promote local offerings in the halal industry.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said they were also helping local entrepreneurs obtain halal certification and register their business.
He said although the issuance of halal certificates fell under the purview of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), the state government, via Selangor Islamic Religious Department, was helping to process applications.
“Various programmes have also been carried out to enhance awareness among industry players of the procedures involved,” he said after launching the Selangor Pavilion at the 19th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (Mihas 2023).
Amirudin said that in 2022, Selangor recorded RM55.7mil in value from various business-matching programmes in the halal industry.
This, he said, was a 40% increase from the preceding year.
This is the second time that the state government, via MBI, has taken part in the annual halal industry exhibition.
The four-day event at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) Kuala Lumpur featured 24 booths from state-owned companies and local enterprises.
These included sectors such as food and beverage, logistics and warehouse, cosmetic and beauty products, educational institutions as well as media and publications.
Mihas 2023 also featured 1,890 booths set up by local and international businesses.
Also present were Selangor Islamic affairs and innovation committee chairman Dr Fahmi Ngah and HIS Toyyiba chairman Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni.