During the launch of Johor Halal Park’s (JHP) sales gallery in Pasir Gudang last year, Mohd Noor Abd Salam, Chief Executive Officer of UMLand J-Biotech Park Sdn Bhd., revealed that JHP has attracted significant interests from the domestic and overseas markets.
They include Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, China, Turkey and recently the United States.
So far, JHP said it is making great strides especially in neighbouring Singapore and Korea.
“Taking the lead are countries like Singapore, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, the USA and Turkey. We are pleased that during a recent visit by the Korean Halal Business Association, they found that JHP has the right business model during their analysis. This, combined with our close proximity to the Singapore ports, has given us unparalleled advantages in the halal industry,” he said.
Recently, JHP just secured its Halmas accreditation certification from the Halal Development Corporation (HDC) for its first phase development measuring some 103.75 acres.
HDC is 100% owned by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Federal Agency.
Billion dollar industry
According to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in 2016 alone, Malaysia marketed some RM37.02 billion worth of halal products in South East Asia, the Middle East and China.
This year, it is setting its target even higher at RM40 billion.
With the Halmas accreditation, this makes JHP the fourteenth company in Malaysia to be awarded so and see it reach out to a very lucrative industry.
Figures from MITI showed that the global market for potential halal products is worth some US$2.3 trillion.
Recently, JHP scored a major coup when US based-company, Chocolat Moderne from New York, picked JHP as the manufacturing site to set up its first business in Asia.
For this, Chocolat Moderne will get to enjoy a 10-year corporate tax exemption under JHP’s business incentives. The US firm is also set to enjoy speedy internet access.
In February this year, JHP signed a collaboration agreement for the provision of Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s (TM) high speed broadband network infrastructure and UniFi services as well as TM’s Integrated Business Solutions at JHP.
This agreement will enable property buyers and tenants, such as Chocolat Moderne, to enjoy immediate high speed connectivity and enhanced digital experience upon moving into their premises.
“The demand for high speed and quality internet services has accelerated in the country. Johor Halal Park has become technologically astute and requires access to always-on, high-speed data connectivity to cater to their investor needs. With this opportunity for access and aggregation of fibre network from TM, JHP will be able to obtain quick access to fibre infrastructure to support our future network capacity demands, in order to deliver affordable and high-quality internet connectivity,” said Mohd Noor.