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ALOR STAR: Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said that the Malaysian halal certification is much sought after and is of premium value compared to many other countries as in Malaysia certification is given by the government not smaller corporations or non governmental organisations such as smaller religious bodies.

“We are one of the biggest exporters of halal products and we should capitalise on that. In 2013 alone, Malaysia exported RM32.8 billion worth of halal products.

“In terms of food and beverages, we have exported RM13.2 billion, halal ingredients RM10.6 billion and halal products made from palm oil are at RM4.8 billion.

“Our potential in the halal industry is tremendous and we should capitalise on it. There is so much we can do to market our halal products not just in the food sector, but also for beverages, palm oil products, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. There is a huge market for it.

“Malaysia is the biggest exporter of halal products within the OIC. We are currently exporting halal products to Singapore, the United States and China.

“In terms of food and beverages, we have exported RM13.2 billion, halal ingredients RM10.6 billion and halal products made from palm oil at RM4.8 billion,” he said.

Mukhriz added that it was ironic that the countries that were the biggest exporters of halal food in the world were not Muslim countries but he alluded to this being because they already have prior expertise when it comes to food packaging and distribution and therefore a good base for exporting halal products.

He was speaking at the launching of the Halal Industry Development Corporation’s two-day “Halal Outreach Programme for the northern region at Seri Malaysia hotel Alor Star today.

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