Sofian Mohammad Amin @ Slyvester Chieng Seng Hong was handed a BND2,000 fine or two months’ imprisonment for non-payment of fine by the Magistrate’s Court for failure to apply for halal certification for his business in Kampong Kiulap, despite being issued a notice in September 2020 and a warning in March 2021 by the Halal Food Control Division.
The court said he committed an offence under Section 4(5) of the Halal Certificate and Halal Label (Amendment) Order 2017 for failing to apply for halal certificate as required by Section 4(1) of the same order stating that food businesses are obliged to apply for the certificate.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) reminded all food business owners and eateries to apply for halal certificate through Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) via the Syariah Affairs Department within six months of operation.
Those failing to do so may face fine of up to BND8,000 or two years’ imprisonment or both.
Those with information on any violations can contact the Halal Food Control Division at the Syariah Affairs Department by calling 7166222.