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Frozen meat importer to be charged today

by TMR / pic by ARIF KARTONO

A FROZEN meat importer allegedly involved in the meat cartel scandal in Johor will be charged in court today for using a fake halal logo on its vehicles.

According to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid, the action thus refuted the allegation that the government was trying to protect certain companies or those involved in the issue of great concern among the Muslims in the country.

“Not that we don’t want to expose the company involved, but the problem is that the crime was committed by a meat cartel using the logo of another company which is famous for its highly-demanded products.

“If we expose the name of the allegedly victimised company, it will tarnish their image and reputation,” he said when winding up the debate on the meat cartel issue proposed by Senator Asmak Husin.

Almost 10 senators spoke during the debate after the Senate president Tan Sri Rais Yatim allowed the motion to be debated according to Standing Order 17 (1).

Rosol explained that the government had never underestimated the issue and had taken some firm action against those involved, including by freezing assets worth RM1 million, as well as seizing 24 rubber stamps of companies with high demands, 5,000 halal stickers by Jakim and 2,428 boxes of frozen meat estimated at RM738,640.

At the same time, he also rebutted the report alleging that the meat cartel’s activity has been going on for almost 40 years.

“It’s not true that the activity has been going on for almost 40 years because the ministry’s investigation revealed that the company involved was registered in 2014 and obtained the licence to import frozen products in 2017.

“Furthermore, the results of the tests done by the chemistry department on samples of frozen meat taken from their warehouse confirmed that they were not pork, horse or kangaroo meat, which is a relief to us all,” he said.

To prevent a recurrence of the scandal, Rosol said the ministry had set up a legal and halal enforcement committee to coordinate action and halal enforcement issues in the country.

In a separate Bernama report, Rosol said the country’s three-largest frozen meat suppliers, namely the Allana Group, Amroon Foods Pte Ltd and Al-Aali Pte Ltd are among the those that are guaranteed halal.

He said, therefore, the Muslim community in the country should not have to worry about purchasing meat from the three companies.

“Do not be influenced by the information spread on social media, claiming that an alleged meat cartel has been operating for more than 40 years,” he told the media after visiting frozen meat importing firm Fatric Sdn Bhd in Selayang, Selangor, yesterday.

Rosol said the visit was to instil confidence among the community that the meat supply in the market was halal.

Zukri

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