SHAH ALAM, April 28 – What if there is a mobile application that can enable Muslims to determine the halal status of a product or food? There may soon be. The Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) is to develop one such mobile application in collaboration with the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim).
Jais director Datuk Haris Kasim said the application would forewarn the user with information such as a list of restaurants or eateries with their halal status withdrawn, for example. He said it will not just focus on the halal status of any premises but the hygienic practices as well. He told this in a press conference after closing a halal seminar here yesterday.
Haris said the halal industry was undergoing intensive growth as more people were becoming aware of halal products and food. In the past, only Muslims went for halal products but now people regardless of race and religion were their consumers. He said this is because halal products and food emphasise hygiene. Haris said that on the average, Jais processed 100 applications for halal certification every month. Last month, it processed 180 applications.