MUIS & AMLA

The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) or is also known as The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore was established in 1968 when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came into effect.

The principal functions of MUIS are the administration of Muslim affairs [eg zakat, wakaf (endowment), haj pilgrimage, halal certification, construction and administration of mosques, issuance of fatwas (religious rulings), provision of financial relief to poor and needy Muslims etc].

Under AMLA, MUIS is a statutory board of the Singapore Government. It comes under the Ministry for Community Development, Youth & Sports, and under the direct supervision of the Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs. Its primary statutory role is to advise the President of Singapore on all Islamic matters as well as the religious interests and issues faced by the Muslim Community in Singapore.

AMLA – Section 88A

(1) The Majlis may issue halal certificates in relation to any product, service or activity and regulate the holders of such certificates to ensure that the requirements of the Muslim law are complied with in the production, processing, marketing or display of that product, the provision of that service or the carrying out of that activity.

(2) An application for a halal certificate shall be in such form as the Majlis may require.

(3) The Majlis may, in issuing a halal certificate, impose such condition as it thinks fit and may at any time vary, remove or add to such condition.

(4) The Majlis may, by notification in the Gazette, specify any certification mark of the Majlis for use in relation to any product, service or activity in respect of which it has issued a halal certificate under subsection (1).

(5) Any person who, without the approval of the Majlis –
(a) issues a halal certificate in relation to any product, service or activity; or
(b) uses any specified halal certification mark or any colourable imitation thereof,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.

(6) The Majlis may, in granting approval to any person to issue any halal certificate or to use any specified halal certification mark, impose such condition as it thinks fit and may at any time vary, remove or add to such condition.

(7) The Majlis may revoke or suspend its approval granted to any person to issue any halal certificate or to use any specified halal certification mark if that person fails to comply with any condition imposed under subsection (6).

(8) Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Majlis made under this section may appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.

Rules to regulate halal and Haj matters

AMLA – Section 88C

(1) The Majlis may, with the approval of the Minister, make rules for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Part.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Majlis may, with the approval of the Minister, make rules for or in respect of the following matters:

(a) to regulate the use and issue of halal certificates and the use of specified halal certification marks;