A new 'HALAL LOGO' to ...denote products produced by Muslims...' is certainly against the Malaysian spirit, noting that Malaysia is a multi-ethnic multi-religious nation..
The Malaysia Institute of International Islamic Cooperation (Ikiam) with the cooperation of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) will launch a halal logo specifically for Muslim products early next year.
For workers, would that mean that all non-Muslim workers will be discriminated against, or fired as companies seek to to get there new 'Halal Logo' to demonstrate that their products are produced by Muslim workers only?
Would these also lead to maybe banks also employing only Muslim employees later on to show customers that their Islamic financial 'products' are truly products managed at all levels by Muslims only??
The existing 'Halal' logo that assures Muslim patrons that the said food or product is suitable for consumption by Muslims is reasonable - likewise representation that a food product is made with no meat or fish, which is safe for consumption by vegetarians. Likewise a logo or representations that a particular food or product is suitable for Hindus or Buddhists or ...
MARKETING STRATEGY - The current 'Halal' certification is a good marketing strategy targeting the niche Muslim market not just in Malaysia but globally. It started with food products but now also includes other products including financial/banking products and services.
But, to move for a 'Halal' certificate that states that the products are made by Muslim workers only is really not right...it may be yet another 'marketing strategy' but it certainly is not for multi-religious Malaysia?
Further, one of the proposer of this idea is RISDA (Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority) is certainly not an authority just for Muslim Rubber Smallholders - but for all Rubber Industry Smallholders in Malaysia irrespective of religion or ethnicity, or am I wrong? Do we need another Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority for non-Muslim rubber smallholders...
A perusal of the object of RISDA makes it clear that its target group is 'small farmers' - 'smallholders'...it is for ALL Malaysians and serve all Malaysian 'small farmers' and/or 'rubber smallholders'..., and as such this new proposal goes against the very object and principles of RISDA, and is certainly discriminatory...
RISDA Is Committed To Manage Assistance Replanting Programmes Efficiently And Effectively To Meet The Needs Of Small Farmers.
RISDA is proud to share the information with contributing something meaningful to the organization and provides information relating to the responsibility to bring progress and prosperity especially to smallholders as our main target group ...- ZAHIDI ZAINUL ABIDIN, RISDA Chairman
Maybe, the government need to tell us how many rubber smallholders are there in Malaysia today - how many of them are Muslims and how many of them are non-Muslims?
To what extent has RISDA managed to reach and assist these rubber smallholders - 50%..70%...100%. Is RISDA only assisting Muslim rubber smallholders...and not 'non-Muslim smallholders'?
Is RISDA biased against certain rubber smallholders...The Malaysian government has invested much resources into RISDA, and it will be shocking to now be told that RISDA was not assisting all 'rubber smallholders' - but only small holders of just one religion?
It may be IKIM who may be making such a proposal - but RISDA certainly cannot be seen to be part of such an initiative...and certainly the government should clearly oppose such a proposal...that will discriminate against not just workers but also businesses...
Whilst the Federal Constitution provides for preferential treatment for Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak in certain matters, there is no justification for preferential treatment in Malaysia on the basis of religion ...on the basis that one is a Muslim..
(1) All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.
(2) Except as expressly authorised by this Constitution, there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent, place of birth or gender in any law or in the appointment to any office or employment under a public authority or in the administration of any law relating to the acquisition, holding or disposition of property or the establishing or carrying on of any trade, business, profession, vocation or employment. - Art. 8 Federal Constitution