News From : DagangHalal.com (10 Feb 2010)
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 (Bernama) — Hundreds of eateries in the country are believed to be using fake halal certificates purchased at between RM800 and RM1,000 each from two companies said to be involved in the business.
Exposing the matter Tuesday, Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) executive secretary Datuk Nadzim Johan said it had received complaints on the use of halal certificates which were not recognised by the Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) by many eateries, including gourmet cafes, kopitiams and fast food outlets.
It is said that over 160 eateries had obtained certificates from the two companies, one of which is based in Kuala Lumpur and the other in Petaling Jaya.
Nadzim said three police reports were lodged by consumers Monday to enable investigations to be carried out on the companies involved.
“We feel it is unethical that by paying RM800 to RM1,000, a restaurant is issued a halal certificate,” he told a news conference here Tuesday.
Nadzim said those issuing fake halal certificates could be penalised under the Trade Description Act 1972.
He said there might be more companies involved in this activity but were yet to be identified.
He added that the misuse of halal certificates must be curbed in order to maintain Malaysia’s credibility as a halal hub.