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Malaysia imposes sharia food fatwa

March 23, 2012

Like the man who said, “Halal certification has made me a millionaire,” the government of Malaysia has determined that imposing sharia law can be a very profitable enterprise.  At least, that is, in the short term, until sharia law drains all the wealth from its subjects, and causes long-term economic inefficiencies, jealousies, poverty, and inequality that characterizes the Muslim world.  From Jihad Watch earlier this week:

Fines and jail time for Malaysian restaurants not certified as ‘halal’

Showing once again that the Islamic supremacist racket slash ratchet only goes one way. In a few short months, any Malaysian restaurant owner or food vendor that fails to register for and publicly display a ‘halal certificate’ on his premises will face both fines and jail time. There’s no escape — Islamic supremacism continues to steamroll its way through the country in ways both great and small.

From “Jakim: Fine, jail from July 1 for not displaying halal certificate and logo”, The Star, 16 March 2012:

KUALA LUMPUR: Effective July 1, the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) will fine and jail food operators who fail to display halal certificate and logo.

Halal hub division director Hakimah Mohd Yusoff said monitoring will be done in cooperation with the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.

“We will visit every premise from March 31 to educate food operators on the need to obtain the halal certificate and not only display the halal logo,” she said Friday.

Only halal certificates and halal logos issued by Jakim and the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) are recognised.

“Halal certificates issued by the private sector are not recognised and operators who display them will be dealt with. This is stipulated under Section 16 of Domestic Trade Act 2011.” Hakimah said until February, a total of 1,420 applications for halal certificates had been received. – Bernama

This certificate amounts to yet another thinly-disguised ‘jizya’ tax, as 80% of Malaysia’s food industry is owned and/or operated by non Muslims. Each ‘Halal certificate’ costs a reported RM1000, which is about 300 U.S. dollars. As each and every food item sold at a restaurant must be ‘certified as halal’, a Malaysian restaurant could easily be forced to spend up to hundreds of thousands of ringgit to become properly ‘halal certified’. There’s no telling how much this is going to cost the Malaysian economy, or how many businesses will be forced under. But Malaysian Muslims do have their priorities.

Meanwhile, the “occupy movement” and its Muslim cohorts tell us that we should fear “corporate food” and embrace halal food, as though there is no profit motive behind halal food.

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