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KUCHING, May 28 (Bernama) — The Sarawak government is relaxing its land uselaw to help cottage industry operators obtain halal certification for theirproducts, State Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister, Datuk FatimahAbdullah, said here today.She said under the State Land and Survey Department”s regularisationprocess, the…

KUCHING, May 28 (Bernama) — The Sarawak government is relaxing its land use

law to help cottage industry operators obtain halal certification for their

products, State Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister, Datuk Fatimah

Abdullah, said here today.

She said under the State Land and Survey Department”s regularisation

process, the operators will be permitted to carry out their business from their

home for a period of five years.

“Through this permit, the operators can obtain licences from the local

council to operate and eventually to get the halal certification from JAIS

(Sarawak Islamic Religious Department),” she said when speaking at a

presentation of halal certificates to nine “Kek Lapis Sarawak” entrepreneurs

here.

However, at the end of the five-year period, the operators would have to

continue their business in legal commercial or industrial premises.

Fatimah said the absence of a land use permit for business purposes had

prevented the thousands of cottage industry operators in the state from getting

halal certificates to enable them to widen their market.

Fatimah said her ministry will launch a Women Entrepreneurs Market at Medan

Pelita here in June to promote entrepreneurship among women in the state.

The market will feature the state”s signature food and handicraft products,

with the Sarawak Tourism Board helping to promote it to foreign tourists.

“We want to make the Women Entrepreneurs Market a must-stop place for

tourists who come to Sarawak,” she added.

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