PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has cautioned consumers against food premises and restaurants that use signs “Pork Free” or “No Pork” despite not having halal certification.
On Tuesday, its director-general Othman Mustapha said that Jakim was well aware of the “polemic” issue regarding the use of the words “Pork Free” and “No Pork” by owners of a handful of food premises and restaurants that were not halal certified.
He said that the use of such words could be a source of confusion among customers in Malaysia especially those who are Muslims.
Othman advised consumers to be wise and sensitive when choosing what to eat at any food premises or restaurants.
“The Malaysian halal logo is the best guide for all consumers as products that have the halal logo are certainly guaranteed to be halal and clean (halalan tayyiba),” he said in a statement.
Othman added that the application process to obtain the Malaysian Halal Certificate had been made easier with the introduction of the e-halal system.
He said Jakim would continue to ensure that the Muslim community would be able to have access to information regarding halal products.
“It is also to prevent Muslim consumers from being confused and as an effort to improve consumer confidence towards halal certificates,” said Othman.
In dealing with the issue, Othman said that Jakim would work together with the State Islamic Religious Departments and the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.