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KUALA TERENGGANU, April 6 -- The halal industry in Terengganu will be further expanded through the cooperation forged and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) to establish a Halal Innovation Centre in the state.
HDC chairman Datuk Mahmud Abbas said through the Halal Innovation Centre, HDC expects more companies in various fields in Terengganu to explore the halal industry which provides more opportunities for their products to penetrate international markets.
“Right now, there are only about 20 companies from Terengganu involved in the halal industry. So, through the MoU, we expect between 300 and 500 applications for JAKIM’s (Malaysian Islamic Development Department) halal certification to be received this year.
“Through the cooperation, the HDC will help increase the companies’ capacity and capabilities to penetrate international markets as we already have partners who are eagerly waiting for halal products from Malaysia,” he told reporters at the opening of the Malaysia Halal Tour Programme 2021 here today.
Also present were State Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Micro Industry and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Mohd Nurkhuzaini Abdul Rahman, UMT vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Noor Aieni Mokhtar and HDC chief executive officer Hairol Ariffein Sahari.
Mahmud said the cooperation with UMT was also expected to produce more experts in halal industry, such as halal executives who need to be appointed to meet Jakim’s requirement, as learning syllabus and training would be provided by the university.
In the long run, he said the HDC also hoped that a halal industrial area could be established in Terengganu through various educational and development programmes.
Meanwhile, he also called on more companies as well as small- and medium-scale enterprises nationwide to venture into halal product manufacturing industry.
“HDC is always ready to help these companies if they were interested in venturing into halal industry. Among others, we will provide a Halal Integrated Platform offering expert’s advice and consultation. We know that it’s not easy to obtain the halal certificate, but we will help,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mohd Nurkhuzaini said the state government welcomed the cooperation as the number of companies involved in halal industry in Terengganu was still low.
“The YPU (Terengganu Entrepreneurs Development Foundation) is able to produce entrepreneurs for halal industry. Based on our records, there are over 9,000 entrepreneurs ready to shine,” he said.
Nurkhuzaini said he also hoped that the strategic cooperation would boost the halal industry and create more job opportunities for the people of Terengganu.