777 premises in Sarawak certified halal, ‘ibadah korban’ allowed as Aidiladha approaches

Dr Abdul Rahman (front row, fifth left) and others posing for a photo following the former's visit to PPES Ternak Sdn Bhd today (June 28, 2022).

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KUCHING, June 28: There are 777 premises in Sarawak with the Malaysian Halal Certification (SPHM), says Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication II Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

He disclosed this during a visit to PPES Ternak Sdn Bhd today as preparation for Hari Raya Aidiladha, which will be celebrated next month.

According to the Pantai Damai assemblyman, these halal-certified premises must adhere to the standards set by SPHM.

“To ensure that, the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) through the Islamic Religious Department Sarawak, will monitor premises with the certification to ensure their meat is legitimately halal.

“The halal industry has the potential to expand the country’s economy as the worldwide Muslim population is currently 1.8 billion and is expected to increase to 2.2 billion by 2030.

“Come 2024, the global halal economy is reported to record an increase to RM10 trillion. The halal market segment is expected to contribute 8.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).

“Therefore, the halal industry has the potential to contribute to the country and State’s economy greatly,” he said.

He also added that this year, MIS will allow the ‘ibadah korban’ (sacrificial act) to be carried out Statewide for Hari Raya Aidiladha following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) which have been set.

“I hope the halal industry in Sarawak will continue to expand from time to time to assist in Sarawak’s journey towards becoming a high-income State by 2030,” he said. — DayakDaily