Halal originates from an Arabic phrase that means allowed or permitted by Islamic Law. This term is mostly connected to the food and beverages industry, but this is no longer the case. Halal can be expanded to include other components, such as pharmaceuticals, medicine and medical devices as well as cosmetics and personal care. Halal Science can be defined as Halal Knowledge attained systematically through observation and experimentation study and practice to describe and explain the natural phenomena that relates to Halal practices.
Based on ASM’s New Economic Opportunities Report, the Halal Industry makes up 7.5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017. Globally, there is an increasing interest in Halal economic potential. Being a Muslim-majority country with a strong halal ecosystem, Malaysia has an advantage to leverage on this largely-untapped industry at the global stage to drive the nation’s economic growth.
The Halal Science Initiative will culminate in a position paper, which aims to:
Various stakeholder engagements have been held, including several Halal Science Workshops and eight site visits to various organisations and universities, as well as a Halal Science Stock Take Survey that engaged both public institutes of higher learning (IHLs) and research institutes. From these engagements, the challenges faced in Malaysia’s halal ecosystem and recommendations to address these challenges were identified.
The following are some of the challenges identified in the position paper:
Based on its findings, the Initiative proposed the following recommendations: