Malaysia's Global Halal Food Hub will be central to rising goat meat imports and exports throughout Asia
Tanjung Manis Economic Growth Area (T-Mega) is a hub for the development of priority industries in Malaysia.
The Tanjung Manis Halal Hub, spanning 77,00 hectares at the delta of Sarawak’s Rajang River is located in this growth area and has helped foster a vibrant industry in food production and transport, including imports and exports of government certified Halal goat meat.
As a progressive Muslim country with consistent economic development and growth rate as well as political and social stability, Malaysia is the leader in the world’s halal industry. The success story of Malaysia as the pioneer in the halal industry began in 1974 when the Research Centre for the Islamic Affairs Division in the Prime Minister’s Office started to issue halal certification letters for products that met the halal criteria at that time. The first halal standards released in 2000 was an important milestone for Malaysia as it became the first country to have a documented and systematic Halal assurance system. The standards became the impetus to a new revolution that had transformed Halal, from strength to strength, from a traditional cottage industry to a vibrant new economy with an estimated global market value of USD2.30 trillion.
The rapid development of Halal certification in Malaysia has also prompted the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) to extend its halal section into a much bigger organisation in 2005, officially named JAKIM’s Halal Hub. JAKIM was the world’s first halal certification body responsible for monitoring the halal industry, leading to the amendment of Malaysia’s Trade Description Act in 2011 which gives JAKIM a much stronger mandate to regulate the halal industry. JAKIM’s recognition programme for international Halal bodies is the most stringent and sought-after bilateral halal system recognition programme in the world with over 50 international bodies registered to-date. The iconic Malaysia Halal logo is the most sought-after, globally-recognised hallmark that serves as an emblem for the country’s reputation as the world’s leading halal hub.
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