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02 @Halal | may-june. 2020 04 Prevention better than cure Halal Best Practices share common values in mitigating spread of Covid 19 pandemic 05 Silver lining Blue skies beckon for halal SMEs in wake of Covid-19 crisis 06 Imaan at a price One cannot ignore the reality of unscrupulous operators 07 Non-Muslims can never interfere in halal food What does the European Union want to do? 08 Role of Halalan Toyyiban It safeguards one’s honour, morality and decency 09 Halal2Go's global ambition Serba Dinamik aims to fulfil local and international demand in halal delivery industry 10-13 COVER STORY Well-equipped for the challenge MDEC’s new chairman envisions Malaysia 5.0 as new narrative for Malaysia to compete in disruptive technology world | @Halal says... | Complying to celebrate another day IT WAS a strange Hari Raya Puasa indeed. Many of us had become accustomed to visiting celebrants. Families used to pop over to each other’s homes. Friends, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, visited to foster harmony and for a share of rendang, lemang, ketupat and nasi impit. All we had to do was look out our windows on the first day of Raya and we would see adults and children dressed up in their finest Raya clothes, not necessarily only in kampongs but even in residential areas in cities. On the second day of Raya, it would not be unusual to see entire families packing into their cars to visit in-laws, or it would be the turn to visit the maternal or paternal grandparents. But alas, that was not to be this year. The kaleidoscope of baju Melayu colours was ominously missing. The pittypatter of little feet and excited shrieks of fun on the streets … Nope, they weren’t there. The silence? It was almost deafening. no inter-State travels, limited numbers (of 20) on the first day (even with family), visiting on the second day of raya disallowed – those were the realities. The new norm. Get used to it, they say, at least till a vaccine is found for Covid-19. Fast forward to November and December. And those would probably still be the rules for Deepavali and Christmas. The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in our lives. It has kept families apart. Put a tremendous strain on healthcare and caregiving sectors. It has thrashed the economy. Will we recover? Why won’t we? Why can’t we? Malaysians can take pride that we have been one of the most compliant citizens/societies in the world, save for little pockets of bodoh sombong and obstinancy. We have been resilient. We have been understanding. We have been co-operative. Well done. Let’s continue the battle. 14-15 A strenuous but well-worth exercise? Cosmetic products now attract a much broader market 16-17 DNA is not the only solution There are lots of ingredients or finished products in the market which do not contain DNA 18-19 Matter of choice Muslim tourists can decide on halal-concept hotels and halal food in Malaysia 20 Prospects of halal businesses in Singapore Islamic finance has become more social media visible 21 A leader in Islamic Social Financing Finterra expanding into supporting community land for better value-added activities such as tree-planting 22-23 GLAMHALAL An activist at heart The utmost joy in life for Heliza Helmi lies in providing a helping hand for the community