Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is taking steps to become a supplier of halal gelatine for the global market, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof.

This, he said, could reduce the import of halal gelatine into the country by 30 per cent.

“This will also increase opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to be involved competitively in the halal gelatine supply chain,” he said during the Question-and-Answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question from Datuk Halimah Mohamed Saddique (BN-Kota Tinggi) who wanted to know about high impact programmes planned by the ministry to realise the National Entrepreneurship Policy 2030 (DKN 2030).

Mohd Redzuan said the initiative to be the halal gelatine supplier was among the measures taken by the ministry in exploring industries with high impact to local entrepreneurs following the mandate given to the ministry to develop the halal industry through the Halal Industry Development Committee.

He explained that the ministry was the facilitator of the processes and procedures for local entrepreneurs who met the criteria to export halal products to the international market.

Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof

“For example, by organising the Malaysia Halal Expo 2019 earlier this year, sales amounting to RM135 million has been recorded as a result of business matching between 21 anchor companies and 144 exhibitors comprising of local SMEs.

“Efforts will be intensified in conjunction with the coming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to provide greater access for local SMEs to promote their products and services,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Redzuan said in line with the DKN 2030, the ministry through the SME Corporation has been working to develop the aerospace industry which has been identified as an industry which will drive the country’s economy to a new level through the Aerospace Manufacturing Initiative (AMI).

“As of September this year, a total of 30 SMEs have participated in the AMI programme and RM58.9 million in total sales related to the aerospace industry have been generated,” he said.

Mohd Redzuan said AMI was seen as an opportunity for SMEs to tap into medium and large-scale business markets, including as the main distributors to the world’s leading aerospace companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Mitsubishi and Kawasaki. – Bernama