Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ministry to resolve ‘pork-free’ signage issues ASAP, says Hamzah

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) will settle issues surrounding the usage of "Pork Free" and "No Pork, No Lard" signage as soon as possible. Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said the ministry would give attention to correcting the definition and usage of the terms. "KPDNKK will look into amending and selecting a specific definition and usage to avoid any confusion and doubt," he told reporters after handing over the ministry's 2015 excellence service awards at the Bank Rakyat Twin Tower, today. Hamzah also said the ministry would cooperate with the Malaysian Immigration Department, local authorities and other enforcement units in conducting raids on premises of locals who handed over the operations of their shops to foreign workers. "We want to ensure the licences are used in the best possible manner," he said. Meanwhile, in Putrajaya, Malaysia Islamic Development Department director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said the halal logo was the best guide for all consumers, especially Muslims, in picking food premises. "Maybe restaurant owners using the signs 'Pork Free' and 'No Pork, No Lard' have their own reasons for doing so, but in reality such signs can confuse consumers, especially Muslims," he said in a statement today. He said applications for halal certifications had been simplified via the e-halal system to encourage entrepreneurs to apply. Othman said consumers could also conduct a check on halal status via the Malaysia Halal Directory at www.halal.gov.my or via the mobile application myJakim on Android and iOS devices. – Bernama, February 16, 2016.]]>

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