More local Muslim entrepreneurs wanted in Sabah halal industry
Local Muslim entrepreneurs here have been urged to grab the opportunity to participate in the ‘halal’ industry which is dominated by non-local entrepreneurs. Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Haji Nasir Tun Sakaran said that currently, local Muslims make up only 20 percent of the entrepreneurs involved in the industry while 80 percent are non-local entrepreneurs. “This is because the ‘halal’ industry is very wide and not only comprises food products but also beauty, health, herbal and pharmaceutical products,” said Nasir during the launch of Islam Art Carnival and Halal Expo at Wisma Muis here yesterday. According to him, there are more business opportunities in the halal industry, and various types of assistance from the Government are available. The involvement of Muslim entrepreneurs in the industry, he said, will improve the economy of the community. The Halal Expo, which is held simultaneously with the Islam Art Carnival, will also increase participation of Muslim entrepreneuIs in the industry both in the country and internationally, Nasir said. Also present were Sabah Islamic Council (MUIS) Chairman Datuk Hj Syed Abas Syed Ali, JHEAINS Director Haji Amri A Suratman and ADUN Sukong Datuk Samsudin Yahya.