The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) told the media today that peaceful co-existence in the country was more important than the ‘Halal’ certificate, and it would agree to recommendations made by the parliament subcommittee appointed to look into the issue.
“We have taken a stand internally regarding the issue and will cooperate with the parliament sub-committee and the cabinet and work according to their recommendations. Peaceful co-existence is more important that the Halal certification and we will do our utmost to protect it,” Consultant ShaikhFazilFarook said.
ACJU Halal division secretaryMoulaviMurshidMulafer said they had repeatedly provided the entire fee structure to the public to erase “existing confusion and misunderstanding” regarding the issue.
“The fee structure is very clear, and in business parlance it’s ‘peanuts’ for businesses. Any company that requires the Halal certificate for five or less products is charged Rs. 700, while any company that requires the certificate for ten or less is only charged between Rs. 1000 to 1500,” the Moulavi said while providing the media with a fee structure for the certificate.
The ACJU while reiterating that it was an organization established in 1924 said the only aim of its existence was to promote peaceful and religious living among Muslims.
Speaking further MoulaviMulafer reiterated that the entire Halal certification process was transparent and was open for investigation upon request.
“All our accounts have even been submitted to the National Investigation Bureau. This is an entirely transparent process. There has not been one company that has spoken against this process because we have conducted ourselves in a fully transparent manner. Halal is a basic necessity of Muslims and it is a human right to be able to practise tenets of a person’s religion” MoulaviMulafer said.
Meanwhile ShaikhFazilFarook answering a question posed by a journalist said the clerics were not given adequate opportunity to address the issues raised by many groups.
“We were not given the chance to convey our message properly and due to this many people are confused and disturbed by the issue. We want to live peacefully in this country because we are Sri Lankans first and foremost and that can never be changed” he said.( H.F)