Phnom Penh, May 18 - Malaysia's leadership role in developing the Halal industry marked another major milestone today with the signing of a strategic collaboration agreement between the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) and SLN Meat Supplies Pty Ltd, the biggest slaughterhouse in Cambodia to promote cooperation in Halal meat supplies and investment into halal industry.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by HDC’s by Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin, and SLN Meat Supplies Pty Ltd was represented by its Chairman Hor Sim Leang. The MoU exchange ceremony was witnessed by Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the Minister of International Trade and Industry and Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce Cambodia. Also present was HDC’s Chairman Datuk Seri Hj Rizuan Abd Hamid
The MoU aims to promote cooperation in Halal industry initiatives in ASEAN region, especially in strategic partnership between HDC and SLN Meat Supplies Pty Ltd for Halal Trade, Investments and knowledge sharing activities between Malaysia and Cambodia. The joint effort is expected to benefit Malaysia from the sharing of expertise and knowledge on agriculture and halal beef practices by SLN Meat Supplies Pty Ltd.
HDC is also expected to assist SLN Meat Supplies Pty Ltd in adopting the Halal Malaysia standards supported by Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).
“The conversion of SLN Meat Supplies Pty Ltd into Halal in accordance with the Malaysian Halal Standards will provide option for Malaysia in sourcing for quality meat products for Malaysian market, on top of the current major sources from India and Australia.” said Jamil.
Malaysian companies are encouraged to be partners with SLN Meat Supplies Pty Ltd and other Cambodian companies to increase and expand investment in the ASEAN region.
In terms of economic development, Malaysia registered RM179.47 Million in Halal export to Cambodia in 2016. This is an increase of 18.3% from the year before. Malaysia Halal export includes food and beverage (RM151.41 Million); Pharmaceutical (RM 13.55 Million); Cosmetics and Personal Care (RM 8.50 Mil) and Ingredients (RM 6.02).