Thursday August 9, 2012
Chinese coffeeshops can have halal certification
By CHRISTINA TAN
BATU PAHAT: Chinese traditional coffeeshops are allowed to apply for halal certification from Jakim as long as they comply with its conditions, said Malaysia Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors’ General Association.
Its Johor chapter chairman Pang Bau Jau said the association encourages coffee shops to apply for the certification.
“Traditional coffeeshop reflect the 1Malaysia concept as it is a place where people of various races and backgrounds meet.
“Having halal certification will give a higher level of confidence to Muslims customers in the coffeeshop industry,” he told reporters, recently.
Pang said the association had a dialogue with Local Government, Housing, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil recently to discuss the Syariah requirements.
“To apply for the halal certification, one must fulfill all the requirements such as hygiene and safety, hiring Muslim staff and attend courses by the authority and others,” he said.
Pang urged coffeeshop operators to uphold the image of the industry by ensuring good hygiene level at their shops and to abide all rules and regulations set by the Health Department.
Pang said the association had members operating some 20,000 traditional coffeeshops and restaurants nationwide.
Out of the number, 3,000 were in Johor, he said.
The halal certification could be applied online, he said, adding that those interested could visit www.halal.gov.my