GEORGE TOWN: Penang plans to set up a centralised facility to slaughter chickens the halal way under hygienic and clean environment.
State Islamic Religious Affairs, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said the halal certified facility would ensure that the slaughtered chickens are cut, cleaned and packed in plastic which would be properly labelled.
With the proposal in the pipeline, he said their aim was to ban the slaughter of chickens in all wet markets.
“The ban is scheduled to begin this year and the details of the facility will be worked out hopefully by next year,” he said at a press conference today.
Earlier, Abdul Malik said action will be taken against chicken traders who did not slaughter chickens the halal way but sold them as such.
He said this not only involved Islamic rules but the issue of cleanliness.
“I am disappointed that some chicken sellers are not slaughtering the halal way but selling them as halal chicken,” he added.
He said there were instances when those slaughtering the chickens were found to be smoking. This is not accepted as cleanliness should be maintained at all times.
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