SHAH ALAM, 11 MAR: The State Government is currently in an effort to create a Halal Management Division specifically for the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS).
This is because JAIS requires a larger Halal Management Division due to the encouraging increase in halal certificate application since last year.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that since the e-halal online application was implemented, the certification application received by JAIS increased by four times.
“Previously, JAIS was only able to process around 250 applications per year manually for halal certification. However it has increased to 1,100 applications received throughout year 2012.
“In fact, the applications for halal certification (received by JAIS) is 40 percent of the total applications for halal certification in the country,” he told reporters after officiating the Halal Executive Seminar and Industry Dialogue at the Blue Wave Hotel here.
Also present was the JAIS Director, Datuk Marzuki Husin and Investment, Industry and Trade Eco, Teresa Kok.
He added that the Management Division needs 60 skilled workers in science and technology.
“We require the addition of competent positions, budget allocation and logistics for optimising the level of halal management in this state.
“The rest, we shall send them to learn and attend training courses to be skilled in the halal industry.
“We believe that this industry will bring in more investment to Selangor, so far in five years we have successfully managed to bring in RM50 billion in investments, it will increase in the future through this industry,” he said.
Previously, halal certification was managed by a unit consisting of seven JAIS personnel.