I have been trying to get information from Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) but most of the links display the above prompt. I used both home and office connections to ensure I can get the right links, most links however dead. It could be the web site technical problems or my Internet explorer is not compatible (works for the rest though). Whatever, it means HDC has to improve its web site as the HALAL face to the world. And it has no HALAL cetification on its own web site...hmm.
HDC is linked to PM's son-in-law and there was no mention of the shareholders of the company except the motion was tabled by PM during the Ninth Malaysian Plan, 2006 – 2010 (Plan) for establishing HDC.
There was a report on JAKIM handed over Halal certification to HDC which worth millions annually. I have no idea why JAKIM let go a cash-cow machine. It could be due JAKIM's inefficiency in providing good services with the current demand of halal certifications.
HDC, as per its role and responsibilities, is important for the country's mission to become world's hub of halal industry. First of all, in setting up HDC, was it HALAL at the first place? Is HDC HALAL in terms of shariah?
Do the exorbitant fees imposed for HALAL certificates HALAL in true sense of HALAL?
Hopefully our new MPs will highlight this matter in parliament and scrutinize HDC for what's it worth. We have enough of daylight robberies by UMNO and cronies all these years and now even such thing as HALAL certifications become cash-cow machine for them to further screw up our nation's resources.
Bersangka baik that HDC is not another scam!
There was a good write up earlier in Malaysia-Today
New Curi Duit Stories: Halal Certificates
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
By Little Bird
Kawan-kawan, last week there was a news report showing the new Minister for Agama, Zahid Hamidi, presiding over some meeting at the Pusat Islam. The Director of the Pusat Islam Dato' Wan Mohamad Bin Dato' Sheikh Abdul Aziz, a strong PAS supporter, was also present and looked very uncomfortable.
There was something going on at that meeting. Money was changing hands – tens of millions
of Ringgit was being siphoned off. Here is the story. Jakim is a totally tiu nia mah, f**ked up Gomen organization run by muther f***ers of the lowest grade.
These are the so-called religious bastards. You will guess by now that I really, really do not like these turds. Jakim steals money from people from the sale of its tiu nia mah Halal Certificate. If you are an instant noodle manufacturer, if you are a coffee shop owner serving Muslims, if you are bakery, etc., then you will know what is this Halal Cetification is all about. It costs money. You need a Halal Certificate if you want to sell food products to Muslims. And where do you get this Halal Certificate? From these same bastards lah! It costs you money, you can bribe them, you can kau tim, etc.Just so that our Muslim brethren can eat stuff a Halal Certification is required. It is not a law or a legal requirement but this is Malaysia. The law of the jungle applies here. This Halal Certification brings big bucks to JAKIM. No one knows the exact millions that
comes into JAKIM’s (and the Gomen’s) coffers but it runs into the tens of millions. Lately the Prme Minister has been pushing to give the JAKIM bastards the sole franchise to issue these Halal Certificates. Here is an old news report:
Pemberian logo halal diselaras Semua negeri setuju arahan PM guna logo dikeluar Jakim.
PUTRAJAYA: Hanya Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) boleh mengeluarkan logo halal di negara ini dan penggunaannya berkuat kuasa serta-merta.
PM Arah Semua Negeri Guna Logo Halal Jakim Sahaja.
MELAKA, 7 Mac
(Bernama) -- Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hari Selasa mengarahkan semua negeri supaya menyeragamkan penggunaan tanda halal dengan menggunakan hanya logo halal yang dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim).
So the Idiot wants everyone to pay JAKIm for the Halal Logo. So JAKIM gets all the money. Was there are other ulterior motive? Well, just last week Zahid Hamidi who is now Minister-in-charge of JAKIM announced that from now onwards the issuance of the Halal Logo or Halal Certification will be handed to an animal known as the Halal Industry Development Corporation or HDC. Who is this HDC? It was a company spearheaded by the SIL to develop the Halal Hub on Pulau Indah. However, the Hub never took off. It became another landscam. Some land was bought cheaply under the camouflage of the HDC and then sold off to others at a huge profit. A person by the name of Gnanalingam who runs the West Port on Pulau Indah may now more about this matter. Westport borders the Halal Hub. It always involves land.
It is known that the SIL, his porpoise-look-alike wife and the Idiot are involved in this HDC. (Kawan-kawan a porpoise is a close cousin of the dolphin). Folks say that the SIL, his porpoise-look-alike wife and the Idiot are frequent guests of honour at HDC events. Hmm… Here is an old news story about the HDC’s plans:
HDC to Take Lead in Halal International Certification(14/9/2007) By Nor Baizura Basri. BANGKOK, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Several multinational companies have asked the Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC) to take the lead in establishing an international Halal certification scheme to pave the way for worldwide acceptance of Halal products. At dialogues with HDC, they said Malaysia should take the lead in the area of certification, "to basically
provide the certification process for all the companies involved in the industry, especially in Thailand and Indonesia," HDC managing director cum chief executive officer Dato’ Jamil Bidin told Bernama.
The shareholders of HDC include the Matrade people from MITI plus interests related to SIL. So now the HDC will issue the Halal Logos and Certificates and HDC will make all the money.
But the logo will still bear the certification of the JAKIm which is a Gomen institution. So JAKIM’s name will be used but the HDC will make all the money. Lembu halal punya susu, sapi haram punya nama. Despite losing six states the monkeys just don’t learn anything. Maybe we should just kick them all out, altogether.
While in the UAE:_
Halal becomes big business
Last Updated: May 03. 2008 11:28PM UAE / May 3. 2008 7:28PM GMT
A sign on display at the Burger King in the capital’s Al Wahda Mall answers a question more and more customers are asking. “We sell only halal products,” the sign reads.
Catering to the world’s fastest growing religion of about 1.4 billion people, the rapidly growing halal industry, worth an estimated Dh7.7 trillion (US$2.1 trillion), has broadened in scope in recent years to include everything from food to Islamic fashion and textiles, as well as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and even Islamic finance.
Research conducted by Brand Union has found that 70 per cent of Muslims worldwide follow halal standards to some degree. It is therefore no surprise that the industry could easily account for 20 per cent of world trade in food products by 2025, according to the Canadian government’s Agri-Food Trade Service.However, the implementation of halal standards have suffered a major setback rooted in the global dispute over what qualifies for the designation.
“There are 192 countries under the United Nations banner and there are that many variations of halal,” said Muhammed Munir Chaudry, the president of the Chicago-based Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). Pamela Pike, a spokeswoman with the Halal Exchange, an international e-commerce business that assists with the online halal trade, said many governments, including the UAE, Turkey, Malaysia and the GCC, as well as halal certification bodies, had attempted to set standards for the industry.
“For the consumers this diligence and structure will be beneficial as it will boost their ability to buy halal with confidence.” While most countries in the Middle East and North Africa regard almost all Sharia-compliant products as halal, countries in South and South East Asia limit this designation to food products, following the teachings of Malaysia, a global leader in halal food production.
The UAE has never required businesses to label halal products.Thus, the push to adopt a global halal trademark is being received with mixed responses. “Some of the larger companies, feel like their business will suffer if they put a logo on because some other customers will not like it or they will think that before, your product was not halal,” said Dr Chaudry. “They are afraid of a backlash.”Industry analysts say that businesses will capitalise far more from this growing industry if retailers and manufacturers put greater effort into branding and marketing their halal products.
“It boils down to gaining the confidence of consumers,” said Duncan James, the strategy director at Brand Union. Analysts say Islamic banking, which earns between Dh734 billion and Dh1.84 trillion annually, has been the most active of the non-food sectors in promoting its Sharia compliance, launching many programmes worldwide in line with Islamic guidelines. For example, in 1998, HSBC launched its Islamic “Amanah” programme – the Arabic word for safety – making up one of the largest Islamic banking teams of any international bank.
The programme does not just cater to those in the Muslim world, but rather, was marketed as a financial option for those in Europe and the Americas looking for a reputable sharia-compliant bank. Similarly, Barclays introduced “Sharia compliant accounts” in keeping with Islamic standards.Another active sector looking to boost its portfolio with Sharia-compliant products is the cosmetics industry, worth an estimated Dh2.06bn worldwide. Brands such as ACTIValoe, Sunbreeze and Kandesn have already earned the approval of the IFANCA and various other halal certification boards.
According to Mr James, several industries in the region could do more to capitalise on the halal brand. For one, he suggested the launch of a halal airline, similar to that launched by the Vatican and Italy’s Mistral Air last year, to transport pilgrims to holy sites. “Such an airline could provide halal food, calls to prayer, copies of the Quran in seat pockets, religious programmes on the in-flight entertainment system and separate sections for male and female passengers,” he said.
A similarly ripe industry, according to Mr James, is halal hospitality, particularly women-only hotels, to permit Muslim women to book rooms without a male guarantor, as is required in Saudi Arabia. At this week’s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, Abdulla Mohamed Almulla, the chairman of the Dubai-based Almulla Hospitality, is due to reveal the details of his $2bn scheme to develop an Islamic-compliant hotel brand portfolio.
“There may even be opportunities for malls to brand themselves as all-halal in the region,” speculated Mr James. “There are so many retail opportunities out there that no one has really taken advantage of.”