27 May 2015
"Among the restaurants which display the certificates are McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks, Marrybrown, Kenny Rogers and many more.
"Consumers should come to their own decisions regarding restaurant which do display the Malaysia Halal Certificate. Applications for the halal certification is non-compulsory and up to the initiative of the restaurant operator.
"It is because all the dining outlets are open to all, Muslims and non-Muslims," he said during the question and answer session in Dewan Rakyat today.
According to him , so far out of 62 premises at KLIA, 15 premises have displayed the halal certificate while at klia2, out of 66 premises, 12 premises have displayed it.
"While at the food court, every operator must comply to apply for the Malaysia Halal Certificate because eating utensils are shared among all the operators," he said.
In response to the restaurant chain, Secret Recipe, having its halal certification revoked by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) on 7th May, Jamil Khir said the certification is not only confined to use of haram ingredients originating from pigs and dogs.
"From the farm until the food is served on the table, hygiene regulations must be in compliance.
"Even if the ingredients used are halal but if they breached the food processing standards, hence we have the right to revoke or suspend the certificate.
"We have made a visit to the Secret Recipe factory in Taman Mayang and found reasonable doubts regarding the standards of cleanliness during the manufacturing process.
"Malaysia Halal Certificate places equal importance on the consumers' health," he said.
Original Source: www.malaysiandigest.com