The Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) must also be accountable for the meat cartel controversy as they were the authority in charge of issuing halal certification to food products, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“This is the most evil and despicable example of how the flesh and blood of Muslims can be violated.
“This is not just an issue involving the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry, but also Jakim, as they are the ones issuing halal certification. They must be held responsible together,” Anwar said in his speech during the launch of the “100 Arts and Literature Essays of the Reformation Era 2008” in Shah Alam on Tuesday (Dec 29).
Anwar, without mincing his words, also said the controversy was not a matter that can be forgiven by Malaysians.
“There must be political will to come out with answers to this matter and punish the ones who manipulated religion.
“This is the most classic method to manipulate religion aside from poisoning the people,” he said.
On Monday (Dec 28), Jakim research division director Datuk Dr Sirajuddin Suhaimee said investigations into the meat cartel controversy were not being carried out by Jakim because other government agencies were already looking into the matter.
Recently, authorities busted a cartel that had been smuggling meat from Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina and China, and repackaging them with a halal logo.
A raid was carried out at a warehouse in Senai, Johor, where 1,500 tonnes of frozen meat worth RM30mil were seized.
The cartel, believed to have been operating for a few years, had allegedly been using the warehouse as a location to make fake labels and stamps to be pasted on packages of meat not certified to be halal. – The Star