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ASSURED: Centralised kitchen concept allays fears of food content, preparation methods

KUALA LUMPUR: THE Brainy Bunch Islamic Montessori, which focuses on preschool education using Islamic teachings and guidance, has further enriched their core values by  introducing the halal centralised kitchen concept at their centres nationwide.

Brainy Bunch Islamic Montessori Bhd (BBIM) executive chairman Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said as health and nutrition were important to the proper development of children, this step was crucial for them, especially in their early years.

He said that since the early days, people had been uncertain of food content and its methods of production, which were the main queries for Muslims in determining the halal status of their food.

"As a father, I know how it feels being in uncertainty, but now, as we have introduced this centralised kitchen concept, parents can allay their fears," said the former Proton Holdings Bhd managing director.

Zainal said parents had a great deal of responsibility not only to provide good education for their children, but also to make sure their children consumed nutritious and halal meals that meet their daily nutritional requirements.

"Various research have shown the effects of fast food, monosodium glutamate, food preservatives and additives on the physical and mental growth of children.

"However, at BBIM, parents get the best of both worlds -- a high-quality education and world recognised educational philosophy that is the Montessori method, while simultaneously maintaining the core value of Islam as one's way of life."

He said this after naming Asia Food Caterer Sdn Bhd as its main caterer at the Brainy Bunch Educational Complex in One City, Putra Heights, yesterday.

BBIM and Asia Food Caterer, a well-established catering company and central kitchen operator, sealed a two-year contract worth RM5 million.

BBIM, which started with five montessori in 2011, now has a chain of 15 centres, which include 38 campuses.

Zainal said BBIM planned to double the number of campuses, including in Indonesia and Singapore, next year.

Brainy Bunch Islamic Montessori (BBIM) executive director Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin (centre) overseeing the MoU signing between BBIM CEO Mohd Fazil Hashim (left) and Asia Food Caterer Sdn Bhd CEO Jamalul Khair Hassan. Pic by Syarafiq Abd Samad


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