SEREMBAN: A restaurant owner here is being probed for allegedly fraudulently claiming his oulet had a halal certificate to serve Muslim patrons.
State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs director Ain Arjuna Aziz Zaman said her officers conducted a check at the outlet after claims that it did not have the certificate issued by the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) went viral.
Her officers were accompanied by personnel from the state Islamic Affairs Department.
"The outlet operator had, through an online application, advertised that the food prepared at his outlet was halal.
"But when we conducted a check, the owner, who is a non-Muslim local, could not produce any certificate from Jakim to support his claim," she said.
Ain Arjuna said two workers who were preparing food at the outlet were also found to be non-Muslim.
The case is being probed under the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Halal) Order 2011 under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.
Individuals can be fined up to RM1mil or jailed up to three years or both upon conviction.
If the offender is a company, the fine can be up to RM5mil.
Ain Arjuna said eatery operators should not make false claims simply to attract customers.