Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Islamic Quality Management System Gets Encouraging Response

SHAH ALAM, Nov 25 Nov (Bernama) -- The Quality Management System -- Requirement from Islamic Perspectives MS1900:2005, which was introduced in 2005, has received encouraging response.

Chairman of Industry Standards Committee on Halal Standards, Nik Mustapha Nik Hassan, said so far five firms had received the accreditation.

"Five more firms are in the process of getting the certification which was implemented by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd," he said after opening of the seminar on MS1900:2005 here Tuesday.

The one-day seminar was jointly organised by Standards Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, corporate bureau of the Malaysian Islamic Trade Council (DPIM) and Johor Corporation.

Deputy DPIM president, Datuk Seri Mohd Yussof Latiff, officiated at the ceremony on behalf of president, Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail.

Nik Mustapha said the five firms which received the certification were Century Logistics Holdings Bhd, Pusat Zakat Melaka, Takaful Ikhlas, PNB Darby Park Executive Suite, Natural Wellness Industries Sdn Bhd.

The firms were involved in logistics, hotel, insurance and finance and medicine, he said.

He said with the holding of seminars throughout the country, it was hoped that more firms would work towards getting the certification.

Nik Mustapha said the MS1900:2005 was developed by Standards Malaysia in cooperation with International Islamic Univeristy Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding, Sirim Bhd, National Institute of Public Administration, Muslim Consumers Association Malaysia, Integrity Institute of Malaysia and Malaysian Islamic Development Department.

He said MS1900:2005 was different from ISO 9001:200 because it emphasised on syariah elements to overcome problems of inefficiency, weaknesses in administrative system and corruption in the company.

"Any firm which wants the MS1900:2005 certification needs to have a unit to ensure syariah-compliant," he said.

Nik Mustapha said an understanding of the Islamic law would open vast opportunities for syariah graduates to contribute to the industry and economy of the country.

Meanwhile, general manager of SIRIM QAS' corporate support services department, Abdul Aziz Long, said the company started the pioneer standards project in 2006.

He said a company was expected to take between six months and one year to get the MS1900:2005 certification.

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