Contingent told to pack own halal meat

KUALA LUMPUR: Getting meat prepared the halal way may be a bit of a problem for the SEA Games-bound Muslim athletes competing in Hanoi next month. 

Chef-de-mission for Hanoi, Datuk Norminshah Sabirin has advised the Muslim athletes to bring their own beef and chicken as it seems that the Vietnamese have a different interpretation of halal food preparation. 

“To them, food prepared the halal way is food cooked by Muslims and not how the meat is prepared. 

“We are still resolving the problem with the caterers. But in the meantime, the athletes can bring their own beef and chicken if they want to or stick to eating seafood,” said Norminshah yesterday. 

While there are numerous Muslim restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, there is only one operating in Hanoi. 

It was agreed in principle during the Chefs-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. 

The Malaysian contingent are also making efforts to bring their own chef for the duration of the Games from Dec 5-13. 

The respective team managers involved in the SEA Games had a briefing by the respective chefs-de-missions yesterday. 

The chef-de-mission for Ho Chi Minh City is Datuk Ho Koh Chye. The athletes will be leaving in batches, with the footballers first to leave on Nov 27. 

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