halal malaysiaMuslims have been reminded to pick restaurants that have valid halal certificates from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the State Islamic Affairs Department.

Jakim assistant director Mohammad Saidi Jaafar said Muslims should not be fooled by premises using words such as “Halal”, “Buffet Ramadan” and “Promosi Buka Puasa.”

Since the words are included in the definition of halal, those using them are liable for legal action under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011, Trade Descriptions Order (Definition of Halal) and (Certification and Marking of Halal) 2011.

“Only premises that receive halal certificates from Jakim or the State Islamic Department can use these words,” he told reporters after “Ops Bufet Ramadan” here today.

The operation involved 16 officers from Jakim and the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) Petaling Jaya branch.