PONTIAN, Feb 13 (Bernama) — Bumiputeras’ involvement in the halal industry is set to be enhanced with the setting up of the Malaysia Halal Council, says Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
Of the 800 companies with halal certificates, only 39 per cent are Bumiputera firms, only 11 per cent of which export their products, he told Bernama when met at a forum at the Kampung Parit Arif mosque in Benut near here today.
Besides the establishment of the council, announced two days ago, his ministry is also entrusted with promoting greater Bumiputera involvement in the halal industry, he said.
“We will hold more awareness campaigns in the mass media, in line with the government’s aim to make Malaysia an entrepreneurial nation and achieve developed nation status by 2020,” he said.
The council, which will be a special entity coordinating all agencies entrusted with making Malaysia a global halal industry leader, will be established by a special Act to be formulated by the ministry and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).