The halal issue in multiracial countries such as Malaysia is a sensitive matter to address as it has the potential to cause racial tensions among the people. Recently, a video posted on TikTok caught netizens’ attention as the particular individual in the video gave seemingly wrong and provocative info to the public.
The woman in the video listed certain products that were produced by non-Muslims, one of which was Mahsuri’s product. The woman then explained that the product was not made by Muslims but it had obtained a halal certificate from Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM). She continued to describe the product as ‘syubhah’ or dubious which implied that the product is in a state between halal and haram (not permissible).
Following the outcome of the video, an individual known as @ubaaidahali appeared on Twitter to give an explanation regarding the issue. He provided strong evidence that proves Mahsuri products are a halal certified brand and has received a Malaysian Halal status certificate from JAKIM under Mahsuri Food SDN BHD.
He wrote that the products produced by Mahsuri Food SDN BHD have already obtained a valid halal certificate. He pressed on the fact that it is not that easy for a food manufacturing company to obtain halal status especially in Malaysia because of the multiple processes that it has to go through before securing one.
In his tweet, he also expressed his disappointment when the woman also pointed a finger and tarnished the product name by accusing the manufacturing factory of Mahsuri Food SDN BHD as dubious in terms of the cleanliness and purity of the product, because it was supposedly a non-Muslim own brand. It was a clear act of defamation as all the products under the Mahsuri brand are listed in the JAKIM halal portal.
Due to the heated response on the issue, on Monday, 12th July, Mahsuri Food SDN BHD came forward to testify the matter and confirm that their products are 100% certified halal by JAKIM. The Head of Commercial of Mahsuri Food SDN BHD, Mohd Jazri Ikmal Hijaz also stressed in the statement that their products are made in Malaysia.
“As a representative of Mahsuri Food SDN BHD, I want to clarify that all products by Mahsuri are halal certified by JAKIM Malaysia and are made in Malaysia. We abide by all the steps and rules set by JAKIM Malaysia to ensure Mahsuri products is Halal, Clean, and Safe to consume by everyone. Lastly, a million thanks to all Malaysians who keep on supporting Mahsuri Food SDN BHD,” he wrote in the official statement.
The public are advised to not spread rumours especially relating to halal and non-halal issues as it is a sensitive topic not only for Muslims but also for the multicultural race in Malaysia.