PETALING JAYA: Muslim athletes will not have to fret on lack of “halal” food at the Vietnam SEA Games in December.
It was agreed in principle during the chef-de-mission seminar at Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City last week that the host of the 22nd biennial Games would prepare “halal” food during the Games from Dec 5-13.
Yesterday, Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that the SEA Games would serve as an education tool for the Vietnamese on the Muslim fundamentals.
“There are not many Muslims in Hanoi. In fact, there are only fewer than 10 athletes in their contingent. Initially, they could not grasp the meaning of “halal” food but now, conscious and sensitive to the need of others, they have worked out ways to serve “halal” meals for the Muslims,” said Kok Chi, who returned from Hanoi after attending the chef-de-mission seminar last week.
For a start, the hosts, with the help of a Malaysian businessman Ainuddin Noordin, have conducted training courses for their chefs at several of their hotels. There also could be efforts made by Malaysia to send their own chef.