The Melaka government is inviting companies involve in halal industries to invest at the state's halal hub, which is being developed on a 175.01 hectare site in Serkam near here.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said so far, four companies had set up operations at the halal hub, involving investments of RM55.4 million.
"Of the total area (175.01 ha), 43.59 hectares is still open for interested companies to set up their factories," he told reporters after launching a Halal Carnival at the Melaka International Trade Centre, Ayer Keroh here, Saturday.
A total of 130 entrepreneurs from all over the country are taking part in the three-day carnival which open yesterday.Mohd Ali also called on more bumiputera entrepreneurs to venture into halal industries, adding that their participation was still small compared with non-bumiputera entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said the Melaka Islamic Religious Council (MAIM) would consider a request by Brand Haven Sdn Bhd to buy an incinerator to dispose copies of Quran which were wrongly printed or those published without the Home Ministry's approval.
Currently, there were 10,000 copies of the Quran, which were collected from mosques in the state, awaiting to be disposed off, he added.He said the incinerator, costing RM650,000 and developed by the company in collaboration with an expert from Universiti Kuala Lumpur, was manufactured in Indonesia.
He suggested that the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to also buy the incinerator, which is equipped with the latest technology to trap all the ashes.-- BERNAMA