Halal report to Cabinet

The Cabinet subcommittee appointed to look into the halal issue will submit its final report to Cabinet soon, head of the committee and senior Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said.

He said the report is almost complete and once finalized it will be presented to Cabinet to decide on the next step.

Committee member, Minister A.H.M Fowzie meanwhile said that a final round of discussions will be held by the committee before the report is completed and handed over to Cabinet.

He however said he was unaware of the contents of the report at its current stage.

Another committee member, Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera said that the report cannot go to Cabinet before a final discussion is held.

“We will need to meet one last time for a discussion and only then can the report be given to Cabinet,” he said.

The subcommittee was formed after some groups raised opposition to the issuing of the halal certification by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU).

The ACJU had in February submitted a set of proposals on the halal certification issue to the Cabinet subcommittee.

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda