Display correct label for items made from pig or dog parts – Assemblyman
KUCHING: Business owners are advised to display correct label for items suspected to be made from any part of pig and dog to prevent themselves from being penalised.
In giving the advice, Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei, said the proper way of labelling in compliance with the by-law was to write or print using the words ‘Diperbuat Daripada Babi’ ( Made From Pig) or ‘Diperbuat Daripada Anjing’ ( Made From Dog) instead of the ‘Non Halal’ label.
“According to the Trade Descriptions ( Goods made from any part of pig or dog) Order 2013, the labels must be visible and handwritten and printed in font size not less than 10mm and written in national language ( Bahasa Malaysia), followed by translation in any other languages to caution consumers,” he said through a press statement on Wednesday.
“Labelling itself must meet the requirement as indicated in the Order. This is to ensure that the enforcement would not have the opportunity and chance to raid or take action on clueless business owners,” he said.
Wong expressed disappointment towards the Barisan Nasional ( BN) for playing up the religious sentiments in the country.
“Not only Chinese shopowners, but also Malay shopowners need to be protected, because regardless of one’s ethnicity, any mislabeling of goods made from pig or dog parts may result in prosecution,” he added.
As such, Wong said it was important for businesses not only to label such goods, but to ensure that the labeling meets legal requirements.
Wong warned that the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism would resume seizures of paintbrushes made from pig bristles next month.
“We just want to give a piece of legal advice to business owners and educate them on all aspects of the by-law so they won’t put themselves at risk of being charged,” he said.
Other requirements to observe include displaying the items separately from other items in the premises.
Offenders can be fined up to RM100,000 or jailed not more than three years or both while companies can be fined up to RM250,000.
Business owners can also get the printed label from DAP headquarters here for free.