Dis­play cor­rect la­bel for items made from pig or dog parts – Assem­bly­man

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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.

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