Thursday, January 5, 2017

McD Allow Halal-certified Birthday Cakes Only

Last week, McDonald's had confirmed that they had implemented a policy which bars customers from bringing cakes – for birthday parties – without halal certification into their premises, and explained that it was a JAKIM requirement.

Halal certification in Malaysia means a food product has been endorsed by an accredited religious authority as meeting Islamic standards requirement.

This notice in a McDonald's outlet about the ban on non-halal cakes was widely shared on social media.

Aiyoh! The market doesn’t give a damn about whether a cake has a halal certificate or not.
Somebody even commented on Facebook that the Malays who care about halal certification for cakes don't even eat cakes; they eat Malay kuih (and even for the kuih – where got halal cert?)
What an idiotic requirement!
Of course, there was a public outcry – but the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) was full of praise for McDonald's.
Their director-general Othman Mustapha said the effort by McDonald's reflected the fast food chain’s commitment to ensure that their halal status do not get tainted!
He said that the issuing of halal certification by the department was in accordance with the Manual of Procedures for Malaysia Halal Certification (3rd revision) 2014.
Besides, Othman maintained that the policy was not new as many eateries already practiced a "no outside food policy" which Malaysians are already accustomed to.

Malaysiakini columnist Mariam Mokhtar is asking: "Has halal political correctness gone  overboard? Will we one day see moral police invading houses to ensure that we are eating  only halal food? When will common sense prevail?".
Anyway, it is all up to McD customers.
Knowing Malaysians, they will raise an angry howl but soon after, they will forget about it. They really don’t care enough to boycott McDonald's. 

On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the JCorp Toastmasters meeting in Jalan Utara, PJ – where I delivered a CC #5 speech titled “Like a Butterfly”. 

I was voted Best Speaker from amongst 6 assignment speakers.
And I was also a replacement General Evaluator.



On the same day too, I went to Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana in PJ where I was both Speech Evaluator and General Evaluator. This was the Gamuda Toastmasters evening meeting.

I was voted Best Evaluator.


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