The Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore Islamic Religious Council, MABIMS has unanimously agreed to recognise their respective halal certificates for the benefit of a broad product export. Brunei Darussalam takes advantage of the recognition as an opportunity that assists economic growth and facilitate cross-border trade. The Minister of Religious Affairs stated the matter in response to the question voiced by Yang Berhormat Dayang Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii on the critical challenges of recognising the Brunei Halal certification in neighbouring countries.
According to Yang Berhormat Pehin, in facing these challenges, the neighbouring countries are collaborating in the religious field namely MABIMS, to mutually recognise their halal certificates. A memorandum has also been prepared which is yet to be signed. The ministry realises the benefit and profit that can be gained from the economic aspect through this collaboration. Yang Berhormat Pehin added the country does not want to miss the good opportunity. Furthermore, the Ministry does not want to be seen as not contributing to economic progress and in fact is a member of the Ease of Doing Business Committee which among other things facilitates arrangements on Halal certification and trading across borders.
Source: Radio Television Brunei