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Setting Sepang district as a Halal City

Good potential for the development of more halal facilities in Sepang district

Tengku Datuk Dr Jamaluddin
Besides moving on the journey towards the development of halal facilities in Sepang – ENSTEK Halal Hub – we are also partaking in the emergence towards the development of Cyberjaya with the Malakat Mall and Islamic University being built .”
— Dr Jamaluddin
BY CAMILIA REZALI

Malaysia has a huge potential

to stamp itself on the landscape of the halal industry considering its dynamic halal ecosystem embedded within a complex network of businesses , institutions , government agencies and non-government organisations .
Surely , with conscientious planning and inclusive strategies , Malaysia could uphold its existing worldwide reputation as a leading global halal hub .
The global halal industry is worth US $ 4.3 trillion , and in Malaysia , the halal sector contributes approximately 7.5 per cent to the nation ’ s GDP . Malaysia ’ s exports hit RM40 billion in 2018 , and projected to increase to RM50 billion .
Malaysia is the only country in the world where the growth of the halal industry is funded by the government , allowing synergies between the private and public sectors .
Recently , the Orang Besar Daerah Sepang , Associate Prof Tengku Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Tengku Mahmud Shah Al-haj received the “ Leadership Excellence in Halal Supply Chain ” Award at the World Halal Expo .
“ I am truly obliged for this great honour and recognition given by the event organiser , MyEvents International ,” he said in his virtual speech .
“ In Sepang itself , we have complete facilities to cater for halal production from the cargo centre , Halal Hub Enstek , Islamic University and Malakat Mall as a distribution centre to the consumer ,” he said .
The importance of a halal supply chain
The Muslim population is expected to reach 2.3 billion in 2023 which is equal to 26.4 per cent of the world population , and the future of a halal centre is full of potential , especially on the supply chain to cater for the import and export between nations to serve halal food from farm to table .
In accordance to the term ‘ Toyyiban ’, it has grown to be the responsibility of the manufacturers in the halal supply chain to ensure the entire process is not only halal but produces at the very best standard – clean , green and wholesome . Said Tengku Datuk Dr Jamaluddin : “ Besides moving on the journey towards the development of halal facilities in Sepang – ENSTEK Halal Hub - we are also partaking in the emergence towards
TRANSFORMATION ... Cyberjaya will be part of Sepang District ' s Halal City ambitions .
ONLY HALAL ... Malakat Grocer in Cyberjaya sells only certified halal products .
the development of Cyberjaya with the Malakat Mall and Islamic University being built .”
Local stores operating at the Malakat Mall in Cyberjaya range from halal eateries , clothing , accessories , home improvements and DIY products . It also has its own Malakat Extreme Park and Malakat Grocer selling certified halal products which also allow an online order and delivery service .
“ I would like to utilise this World Halal Expo ( virtual ) platform to express my deep gratefulness for providing people like us with an avenue to showcase our potency to influence the halal industry further globally .
“ Above all , I am thankful to everyone who showed so much trust and faith in me , which was the constant energy boost for me .”
“ Together , we make the future in the halal industry , which has now become the milestones for us .”
He said this was also very close to his heart because it ’ s about developing new ideas and concepts and ultimately support the halal ecosystem in the country .
“ The entire journey was a learning experience for me . With this special award , I am more energised and charged up to take up new and challenging projects which would work in the benefit of my organisation and the halal industry as a whole .” — The Health
( photo Kosmo Online )