I was intrigued by the proposal made by ZHD in his letter, ‘Digital tech as solution to food importers’ plight’, published in the Opinion Page on August 11.
Congratulations are in order for his out-of-the-box thinking.
During this COVID-19 crisis, when business-as-usual has yielded no results, we need to source for viable options.
In this case, virtual witnessing of the food process by Halal inspectors would be timely, especially in this era of the 4th Industrial Revolution; digital technology is now the way of life.
Since the onset of the pandemic, we have seen classes being carried out virtually, and work meetings via video conferencing. This has afforded us a glimpse into the digital future.
Physical presence is no longer necessary in most cases; even work can be done in the comfort of our own home.
I’m sure there are a handful of IT specialists who can develop a software program that eases the witnessing of slaughtering to ensure Halal-ness of our foods. Why not make use of these local talents to come up with something innovative?
Nonetheless, I sincerely hope that a solution to the food importers’ dilemma could be found soon.