The meat supplier company, Raihanah Cold Storage Sdn Bhd and its two directors have reportedly been charged in Sessions Court earlier today, 30 December. They have been charged for using the halal logo on their truck without being officially certified early this December.
The two directors, Rahman Sheikh Abdullah, 44, and Raihanah Kassim, 42, who is also the owner of Raihanah Cold Storage Sdn Bhd, pleaded not guilty to both offences after the charge was read before Judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz.
According to Harian Metro, in the first charge, Rahman and Raihanah, who are a married couple was accused of using the halal logo without the halal certification from the competent authorities on an Isuzu brand truck.
As the owner of Raihanah Enterprise, they were both also accused of using the halal logo without the halal certification from the competent authorities on a Mitsubishi truck.
Raihanah Cold Storage Sdn Bhd and the married couple were charged with committing both offences at the company’s premises at Taman Perniagaan Setia, at 1pm on 1 December.
Raihanah Cold Storage is charged under Paragraph 8 (a) of the Trade Descriptions (Certificate and Halal Marking) Order 2011 which is punishable under Paragraph 8 (A) of the same order, which provides for a minimum fine of RM200,000 and for the second or subsequent offence, a maximum fine of RM500, 000, if convicted.
Rahman and Raihanah both were also charged under Paragraph 8 (a) of the Trade Descriptions (Certificate and Halal Marking) Order 2011 which is punishable under Paragraph 8 (B) of the same order, which provides for a maximum fine of RM100,000 or a maximum jail term of three years or both, and for the second or subsequent offence, they were fined a maximum of RM250,000 or imprisonment for a maximum of five years or even both.
The case was handled by Deputy Public Prosecutor T Ashvini while Rahman and Raihanah were represented by their lawyers Noor Liana Hashim and Lau Kok Guan.
The Deputy Public Prosecutor applied to the court to impose bail of RM50,000 with surety against Rahman and Raihanah, for the second charge.
Ashvini said a high guarantee should be imposed as the case of the halal logo received widespread media coverage and was also discussed in Parliament.
Noor Liana and Lau appealed for the bail to be reduced on the grounds that the company was still operating by having 20 employees. The couple is also bearing four children aged between 10 and 20 years.
The court then allowed the couple to be bailed at RM40,000 each and surety, setting 19 January for re-mention of the case for the submission of documents.
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