Hotel operators doing food promotion during the fasting month should get halal certification to erase doubts among Muslims, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said hotels and restaurants should heed the advice by Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Wan Mohammad Sheikh Abdul Aziz yesterday.
"Hotels must have separate kitchens for halal and non-halal food to address suspicion.
"They must not only apply to Jakim for halal certificates but comply by them," he said after launching 'Karnival Usahawan Desa 2010' in Bukit Jalil, here Saturday.
Wan Mohammad had urged hotel operators promoting food during Ramadan to apply for halal certification from Jakim to overcome doubts among Muslims.
Muhyiddin said although it was not complusory, hotels should take the halal issue seriously as offenders could be punished under existing laws.
Source : Bernama
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