Govt. to formulate new Halal mechanism

2013-03-14 05:08:16

The Cabinet Sub-Committee yesterday decided to recommend to the government a legal mechanism worked out to deal with the Halal certification of food items, a Minister said yesterday.  
After meetings with Muslim clerics, the Buddhist clergy and the business community, the Sub-Committee chaired by Senior Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake wrapped up its sessions yesterday.

It was ruled that the ACJU had no legal right to issue Halal certification for food items, the minister said.

“The ACJU has been legally recognised. Yet, it has no power to issue Halal certification. They admitted it,” a Committee member told Daily Mirror on condition of anonymity.

The ACJU maintains that Halal certification is needed to differentiate food items approved for consumption according to Islamic principles. Therefore Minister Wickramanayake, as the head of the subcommittee, is now expected to make a draft of recommendations to be considered by the Cabinet.

Asked about the consensus reached between ACJU and the representatives of the Buddhist clergy on Monday, the Minister said, “The committee was unaware of the aspects they had agreed upon. It is a step forward.” However, Minister Wickramanayake would make the final recommendations based on submissions made by the interested parties.

The ACJU, at a joint press conference on Monday, announced that issuance of Halal certification would be optional hereafter. Also, they agreed to do it without charging any fee from industrialists and businessmen. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 33

  • Andy Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:29

    wow... a good move.

    Reply : 51       108

    IHM Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:57

    Good Move. Lets see what is the recommendation.

    Reply : 21       76

    sagarika Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:12

    Why does the government want to adopt someone else s baby?

    Reply : 216       56

    James Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:34

    Cos Srilanka is the mother and govt is the father......All citizens of this country are their children.....

    Reply : 36       307

    Packeer Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:38

    well said

    27       190

    baba Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:14

    wanduragay athaay dali pihiya dunna wagay wadak..

    Reply : 81       21

    Nuzrath Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:23

    Until now the government did nothing for Muslims. They did say they are not willing to accept it. Now they are saying otherwise. i am really suspicious of their intention.

    Reply : 31       163

    tarzan Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:34

    want drag this problem until the new electricity bill calculated ??????????

    Reply : 9       158

    Packeer Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:35

    This is the correct way of dealing with a problem in a democratic country.

    Reply : 19       89

    PRASANNAJIT Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:39

    Rathnasiri should say that he would handle it if he is given the premiership.

    Reply : 31       16

    Eagle Eye Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:42

    Another extra income for the government ... may be an opportunity to appoint a separate minister.....

    Reply : 16       97

    MZS Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:00

    Patali ????????

    Reply : 14       25

    Chamara Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:52

    I have founded a new religion. It is the "bestest" in the world. A principle requirement is called jalal slaughter of animals. The throat should be cut slowly so that the animal bleeds to death. Everybody should chant jalal is the only God. Now what about my religious requirements?

    Reply : 180       36

    Buffaloa Citizen Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:15

    Oh come on, that was not the way the northern tamils were slaughtered?

    Reply : 17       153

    Silas Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:08

    Yes, that was the way the LTTE slaughtered innocent sinhalese, muslim and tamil people for 30 years! men, women and children! 'nuff said!!

    42       41

    Sakraya Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:58

    There is a place for you in Mulleriyawa (angoda) where u can peacefully follow your religion.
    Mate, You can't find a religion. You have to follow one!

    Reply : 8       71

    Uditha Karaputugala Friday, 15 March 2013 00:54

    Killing innocent people for political reasons? Is that correct?

    Reply : 1       10

    shan Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:53

    Separate Minister,separate department,additional income but at last running lost and need loan from central banak

    Reply : 4       64

    Arjuna Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:56

    As Islamist, they have a right to consume HALAL foods. there's no issue.
    But as a non Muslim I don't like to consume any food followed by Islamic principles.

    Reply : 127       60

    malkanthi Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:21

    Do you know the difference?Is there any quality control or standardization done of all our food items by our authorities??

    Reply : 7       89

    Raj Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:53

    No one is forcing you to buy Halal meat/ products.

    Reply : 13       90

    MZS Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:07

    Mate, it has not followed any Islamic principle. Its the same food. (mathurala naha). Only thing is because of the permited contents we muslims can consume (eat) them!
    Hope you understand brother.

    Reply : 6       78

    Tridax Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:08

    is your rejection of halal food based on Buddhist teaching ?

    Reply : 7       74

    Jayathilaka Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:55

    A new post opening for a new Minister: "Halal Minister"

    Reply : 5       46

    Election result Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:56

    Do not worry. all big fellows will see after the election

    Reply : 1       20

    mario Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:01

    I really don’t understand this stupidity. What next? Ban the abaya & head scarf, insist that they can’t grow beards? What minority / religion will be targeted next? Is it the Christians? Will we be banned from displaying the cross? This is not the Dhama preched by Gauthama Budha.

    Reply : 11       106

    Fairose Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:07

    Please end this here. We do not want another 'Halal Mechanism' that would again bring forth another extremist force. BBS was not known to anybody until it brought this 'Halal' issue and gain 'Haram' popularity. We muslims never ate 'Haram' food that is animal slaughtered or killed by improper methods other than that was prescribe to us. We will continue to do that whether any community like it or not. We plead the government keep their mouth shut like they did when Bodu Bala Sena was running wild against the muslim community using all the filth and abuse. Enough.

    Reply : 15       107

    Mr Retort Friday, 15 March 2013 05:51

    Also tell your Ministers the same thing and ask them to leave the Muslim community alone

    Reply : 9       3

    mnsmart Thursday, 14 March 2013 13:35

    gearing up for another unpleasant period ahead.

    Reply : 6       31

    alecx Friday, 15 March 2013 05:09

    Udaya gammanpila of JHU don't wait till 2015. Your allies BBS and def. Sec. Ready to start the war this year itself.

    Reply : 2       5

    thinkingsrilankan Friday, 15 March 2013 06:16

    they say history repeats itself. We are racing from the problems of minority and majority culture in the sixties, to the same in the seventies, to the same for 30 years, to the new one. No peace without reconciliation.

    Reply : 0       9

    Saman Friday, 15 March 2013 09:30

    Can someone explain the true meaning of Halal? Since when did this s***t start?

    Reply : 4       1

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