|Is this halal?|
We are supposed to be the main promoter of things halal but but we are still vague and ambiguous in our actions. The halal policies are haphazard and lacking in directions. It is really a pity considering that we are the an economic powerhouse amongst the Muslim countries.The halal issue has been politicized too much. Umno the backbone of the political system in Malaysia is too overly sensitive of the non Muslims sensitivities. We are still arguing among ourselves as how to manage and promote the halal issue in the country. We provide no leadership to other Muslim countries.By all accounts, Muslims tourists and locals alike would not have problem in finding foods and dishes that are truly halal but the apathy attitude of the Jakim officials and the lack of halal awareness among much of the statistical Muslims contribute to the lack of seriousness with regard to the issue of halal in Malaysia.
We Muslims must be conscious of the dietary requirements. The non halal food that we feed our children will inadvertently be part of the flesh and blood of our children. Do we want our children to consume food that is haram and do nothing about it. Do we want to continue with the status quo or change for the better.I believe we need to formulate a stronger response to the halal issue in systematic and scientific manner. We need to confront the issue head on in a clear manner and we must act now.