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SIBU, March 14: The Taman Harmoni food court here is now fully certified halal for Muslim food.
The food court is the biggest halal certified centre with 47 stalls after Lundu with 22 and the Baitulmal Building in Kuching with nine stalls.
Speaking to reporters after the handing over of halal certificates to the 47 hawkers today, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting asserted that the food court would now attract more visitors to Sibu.
“I might be SMC chairman but my business is (the) hotel (industry). Outsiders used to complain that besides hotels, there is no other place where they can find halal food where the stalls are fully certified as halal,” he said.
Ting added that the food court will now be able to draw Muslim visitors be they from West Malaysia or Indonesia.
“We had in 2020 planned to make this place fully halal but due to the pandemic, we needed time to do it. Our next one (to get fully halal certified) is the food court at Bandung Walk,” he said.
Meanwhile Sarawak Islamic Department (Jais) Halal Management Division chief, Ramzen Ambi said the department was planning to declare six more places Statewide as fully halal certified this year.
“We plan to have two in Kuching and one each in Serian, Daro, Bintulu and the one in Miri could later be the biggest one in the State with 64 hawkers,” he said. — DayakDaily