1. A law is being proposed to have halal and non-halal trolleys, but some supermarkets have started using non-halal trolleys to differentiate goods
"The ministry plans to make special regulations so that people could differentiate the trolleys for use with non-halal products," Minister of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Hamzah Zainudin was quoted as saying in Utusan Malaysia, adding that, "the segregation can be done with non-halal products using a red trolley while halal food items using another coloured trolley".
Hamzah said supermarket proprietors also have to ensure that they prepare a special check-out counter for non-halal product. This is because there are consumers paying for non-halal food items at regular counters.themalaysianinsider.com
Muslim Consumers’ Association’s (PPIM) Datuk Nadzim Johan welcomed the plan saying that it would teach Malaysians to respect each other’s differences. “It is a good suggestion as it will educate society to understand restriction and needs of people from different races and religions. “It may seem small, but can make Muslims uncomfortable. Just like the instance of putting a dog in a trolley,” he said, referring to a case that went viral recently where a shopper was photographed placing her pet dog in a supermarket trolley.themalaysianinsider.com
2. The world's first Halal CSI unit! It's not Crime Scene Investigation, but Contamination Scene Investigation.
Tasked to investigate whether a product has been contaminated by non-halal elements, the unit will determine whether the contamination was by sabotage, a formulation mistake or during post-production could help vindicate the companies involved, if they were innocent.
The most notable incident in the year regarding the halal status of a product is that of certain Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia. In the analysis by the Health Ministry on chocolate samples by Cadbury Confectionery (M) Sdn Bhd, it was revealed that there was porcine DNA in the samples of Cadbury Milk Chocolate and Cadbury Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut.
However, the results were contested through another analysis by the Department of Chemistry, a laboratory recognised by the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
It verified that there was no porcine DNA in both products. The differing results have raised doubts in Jakim’s credibility as well as that of the company involved. This is where having a Halal CSI unit investigate the case would be useful.
3. Premium halal mineral water for RM6. For the record, mineral water sold in Malaysia is normally certified halal - but a premium version is the first of its kind
Certified by the Health Ministry and Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) as safe for consumption, Lumin Spring takes pride in being a nourishing mineral water with halal accreditation.
Speaking during a press conference at Nexus, Bangsar South, Lumin International Group Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Dr Ting Chung Cheng hopes the new product will redefine the business frontier for the halal market.
Lumin Spring mineral water is sourced from the natural spring cluster in Heavenly-Lake, Changbai Mountain of Jilin province, China. It is packaged in an elegant bottle.
4. Halal speed dating - a new matchmaking event in Kuala Lumpur that is helping Malaysian Muslims find partners
Halal Speed Dating is a face-to-face matchmaking event where applicants that are shortlisted will pay a small fee to attend the event. At the event, each candidate gets to introduce themselves to more than 30 candidates of the opposite gender.
The difference between Halal Speed Dating and other dating apps such as Tinder is that it’s Syariah-compliant.
“Halal Speed Dating is the anti-Tinder,” co-founders Zuhri Yuhyi, 34, and Norhayati Ismail, 41, said in a release, referring to the US-based dating app that has gained a reputation for free and easy match-making.
“Instead of casual hook-ups, Halal Speed Dating is about dignified and chaperoned meet-ups with the intention of marriage. In fact, we do not condone the modern dating that is commonly practiced.”
To wrap up the list, it has been reported that KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd) plans to be the world's first halal-certified train service
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) is on its way towards becoming the world’s first halal-certified train service by Jan 2016. Its president Lieutenant-Colonel (Rtd) Sarbini Tijan said if the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) certifies KTMB's service as halal, it would pull in more Muslim tourists and boost the nation's tourism industry.
"Muslim tourists from around the globe would feel confident in coming to the country as they know that when they travel long distance using KTMB's Electric Train Service (ETS), they can rest assured that the food served is halal-certified," he said.
Awhile back, an entrepreneur claimed he was opening a new kind of sex shop in accordance with sharia law. True?