KUALA LUMPUR - A proposal to set up a so-called "Halaljaya" will be discussed at the next Halal Malaysia Council meeting at the end of the year.
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said that the national halal industry park and development centre for new products and services can boost the halal industry, similarly to the effect of Cyberjaya on the information technology sector.
"I agree that the proposal to set up Halaljaya should be considered in order to show that the Government is truly serious about developing the halal industry," said the Deputy Prime Minister after a dialogue with halal industry players here on Monday.
The dialogue was organised by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), an agency under the International Trade and Industry Ministry.
He said that if the proposal was accepted, the existing halal industry parks in the country would be maintained while Halaljaya would serve as a national halal development centre.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said Halaljaya need not necessarily be located in the Klang Valley, but other areas where land is cheaper.
"The park can house many facilities, not just companies involved in making products but also services," said Dr Ahmad Zahid.