A question lingering in the coffee shops is, “is ‘Halal’ being used as a monopolistic tool,” by some sectors in the country?
Yes this talk is very much coffee shop today, it is coffee shop today and people are beginningto have serious doubts.
I did not realise this when I wrote the article on Jonker street some time back, it could very well go along these lines the takeover of Jonker street I mean.
Now let us get to some facts, for the many of you who have heard and consumed “Golden Churn” Butter, which has been around in Malaysia for a very long while, you might have noticed that this butter is labelled “Hallal.” In fact this was the only butter available in Malaysia at one time until till the Cold Storage came out with the “SCS” butter in the late fifties or early sixties. SCS actually stands for for Singapore Cold Storage, now it is just SCS.
The packaging of this butter – “Golden Churn” carries a halal sign from Austrailia, and yet it is said that our authorities have discovered that this butter contains “pig DNA.” What a load of rubbish.
Butter comes from cows milk, anything else introduced to it will contaminate the butter, and this butter comes from Australia and has been sold alongside other products like IXL jam for ages. Golden Churn for those of you who can still remember came in two packings originally, one in a blue tin and the other in Golden tin in those days.
We are so used to seeing the Halal Certification sign on food products that we tend to forget that it is even there, but on closer scrutiny one will notice that the sign is issued by varying authorities.
Of course the the Halal certification for Golden Churn must have been issued in Australia, by the Australian Halal authorities, who must of course be Muslims.
Are our authorities saying that these people are not doing a good job?
There is talk about a certain business- a “Coffee Shop Buisness” that is being targeted, and this explains the why this talk is so rampant in coffee shops.
Hainanese Coffee shops have long been the .favourite of Malay Muslims, as is “Mee Hailam” it is pork free and these shops go to great lengths to ensure that there is no pork served in their premises.
This particular coffee shop that is being targeted is Hainanaese I am told, and is an old and famous “Coffee Shop” famous for its coffee.
For a long time people frequented this shop because of the quality of its coffee, the coffee beans were roasted with “Golden Churn Butter,” and because of its popularity and its strategic location in a rather inconspicuous town on the Malaysian landscape, this coffee shop was the ideal brand to promote another major “Kopitiam” business.
Due to it being located at a rather strategic station, the ordinary citizen who commutes the length of the peninsular is bound to see if not visit it and why else go to a coffee shop if not for coffee? A fantastic coffee, known to so many in a coffee-shop located in a very inconspicuous town what an ideal brand, a brand whose time has arrived and now ready for the picking, there is much to be made, it will give other Kopi Tiams a run for their money, and there are people who want to do just that, but the owner is adamant that he’ll keep it and why not he has built it, it is his own why should anyone else benefit at his expense?
Yet there are people who want to take it over and it looks liek they’ll go to any extent to get it, but the owner refuses to budge he wants to keep his business.
Now the talk in the coffee-shops is that the case of the Golden Churn butter not being “Halal” has a link with this takeover bid.
The news of course cannot be verified although it came out from the horses mouth, the horse refuses to be identified for obvious reasons, but this goes to show what I talked about, in my article on Jonker Street.
If you remember clearly there was a time when the Halal isssue came into play with KFC, the people who were interested in the take over, could not steam roll the then owners and then the question of Halal became an issue.
Similarly thousand of Malays have frequented this coffee shop, and getting it certified non Halal is the best bet to get it closed down through lack of business. I am told that although that is the case business which was affected seems to be picking up again, many Malays know the ploy and refuse to be part of the game.
The question is,.are these sinister moves by certian quarters done to put others out of business by using the ‘Halal Certification,?”
Another product that has been certified non Halal is HP Sauce, I took a close look at the bottle and the only reason I can identify why it is so, is the presence of Spirit Vinegar. For goodness sake it is still vinegar, and for that matter if that is not Halal for that reason then it should apply to tapai the fermented tapiocca that is popular with the Malay Muslim community, is this “HALAL?” The liquid that seeps out of tapai is nothing but Tapiocca Wine.