Published as “When it is more about control than faith” in Malay Mail Online
If by now you have not realised how Islamic laws impact the lives of non-Muslims as well, you are blissfully ignorant, purposely keeping blind, or part of the Islamist lobby trying to sell the myth to the former two categories.
One area that inadvertently impacts non-Muslims is the halal certification that food and beverages companies, and restaurants must go through if they wish to sell to Malay-Muslims.
Federal Islamic authority Jakim’s halal hub division was on everybody’s lips the last few weeks, after it was revealed by a local executive of US-based franchise Auntie Anne’s, that the halal certification for its central kitchen hit a snag.
The problem? Purportedly because one of the items on their menu was called “pretzel dog.”
For many of us, the name pretzel dog is obvious: “I have a pretzel, I have a hot dog… uh, pretzel dog!”
Not to literal Jakim.