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Halal Agencies in Malaysia


HDC has been tasked to further boost the Halal agenda in terms of standards development, branding enhancement as well as commercial and industry development.

Halal is not merely a way of life – it is a global industry. With a stake in commercial sectors worldwide, Halal Development has become a significant contributor to all facets of economic growth.

Established on 18 September 2006, Halal Industry Development Corporation coordinates the overall development of the Halal industry in Malaysia. Focusing on development of Halal standards, audit and certification, plus capacity building for Halal products and services, HDC promotes participation and facilitates growth of Malaysian companies in the global Halal market.

Intent on building a global Halal community, HDC brings the Malaysian Halal industry in unison toward a common goal. By nurturing growth and participation of local businesses into the global Halal market, HDC sets the bar for Halal best practices in Malaysia to enrich the development of Halal standards globally.
Through unsurpassed knowledge and experience, HDC is the gateway toward a better understanding of Halal for all.


JAKIM is a Malaysian Government institution which has established Malaysia Halal logo and implemented Halal Certification System. Issues Halal certificate for local and export markets. Monitoring and enforcement of halal guidelines.

To review, verify and oversee all food products and halal personal care, and guaranteed the cleanliness efficiently and effectively.

Our Vision
To be a credible halal certification services centre and is recognized nationally and internationally.

To ensure that all products are certified halal, or the using of halal expression is pure and according to Islamic principles.

Jabatan Agama Islam Negeri and Majlis Agama Islam Negeri
Both help in monitoring to protect Halal integrity and issues Halal certificate for domestic markets only.


MDTCC provides enforcement and monitoring programme to protect Halal integrity Halal logo and consumer's interest.

The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives And Consumerism with the aim towards encouraging ethical trade practices and to protect consumer interest.

To be the leader in the development of domestic trade, co-operatives and consumerism


  • To provide a conducive business environment for the development of domestic trade
  • To steer the nation towards a more consumer conscious and empowered society
  • To develop competitive, progressive and resilient co-operatives
  • To foster creativity and innovation through and effective IPR regime


Task Fields and Functions
The Ministry is responsible for the supervision of domestic trade through:

  • Determining and supervising the prices of items of necessities,
  • Licensing and controlling the manufacturing and sales of such items
  • Managing matters related to consumer protection.
  • Managing matters related to intellectual property, covering matters of copyrights, trademarks, patents and industrial designs.
  • Licensing for purposes of selling and the distribution of petroleum and petrochemical products.
  • Coordinating policies, regulations and activities related to safety for the petroleum, petrochemical and gas industry.
  • Licensing of the direct selling business.
  • Eradication of fraudulent trade practices.
  • Implementing the Weights and Measures rules and regulations.
  • Registering and the supervising of trusts companies.
  • Registering and the supervising of businesses.
  • Drafting and conducting research on policies and strategies related to domestic trade development, consumerism and intellectual property.


MITI formulates strategies and provides incentives to encourage trade and investment in Halal products and services. MITI's focus is not only in the promotion of Halal products and services. The Ministry takes a holistic view and has worked with the Ministry of Finance to design and provide incentives and support along the whole chain of the manufacturing process. At the international level, MITI assumes an active role in promoting the Malaysian Halal Standard to be used as a benchmark for the International Halal Standard.

To make Malaysia the preferred investment destination and among the most globally competitive trading nations by 2020.


  • To promote and strategise Malaysia's global competitiveness in international trade by producing high value added goods and services.
  • To spur the development of industrial activities towards enhancing Malaysia's economic growth for achieving a developed nation status by 2020.


To plan, legislate and implement international trade and industrial policies that will ensure Malaysia’s rapid development towards achieving National Economic Policy and Vision 2020.


  • To plan, formulate and implement policies on industrial development, international trade and investment.
  • To encourage foreign and domestic investment.
  • To promote Malaysia’s exports of manufacturing products and services by strengthening bilateral, multilateral and regional trade relations and cooperation.
  • To enhance national productivity and competitiveness in the manufacturing sector.


MATRADE, as the national trade promotion agency under MITI, undertakes various export promotion activities including the promotion of the Halal sector. These activities include participation in international trade fairs overseas, organising specialised Halal marketing missions to selected markets, undertaking advertising and promotion of the Halal sector and disseminating information on market opportunities in the Halal industry to Malaysian companies.

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), was established in March 1993 as a statutory agency under the Ministry of International Trade Industry (MITI).

As Malaysia’s national export promotion agency, MATRADE is responsible for assisting Malaysian companies succeed in the international market. MATRADE’s vision of making Malaysia the premier exporting nation is paired with its mission to develop and promote Malaysia’s exports to the world.

MATRADE serves to promote Malaysia’s external trade with particular emphasis on the export of manufactured and semi-manufactured products and services. In addition, MATRADE formulates and implements export marketing strategies and trade promotion activities to increase Malaysia’s exports, undertake market research, and create a comprehensive database of information for the development and improvement of Malaysia’s trade. MATRADE also organizes training programs to enhance the international marketing skills of Malaysian exporters, promote and assist in services related to trade, and protect Malaysia’s international trade interest abroad.




Incorporated as a statutory body under the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) Act, the establishment of MIDA in 1967 was hailed by the World Bank as "the necessary impetus for purposeful, positive and coordinated promotional action" for Malaysia's industrial development. Today, MIDA's is Malaysia's cutting-edge, dynamic and pioneering force in opening pathways to new frontiers around the globe.

MIDA assists companies which intend to invest in the manufacturing and services sectors, as well as facilitates the implementation of their projects. The wide range of services provided by MIDA include providing information on the opportunities for investments, as well as facilitating companies which are looking for joint venture partners.

To further enhance MIDA's role in assisting investors, senior representatives from key government agencies are stationed at MIDA's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to advise investors on government policies and procedures. These representatives include officials from the Department of Labour, Immigration Department, Royal Malaysian Customs, Department of Environment, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Telekom Malaysia Berhad.

MIDA also evaluates the following applications for projects in the manufacturing and its related services sectors:

  • Manufacturing licenses
  • Tax incentives
  • Expatriate posts
  • Duty exemptions on raw materials, components, machinery and equipment


Help in identify potentials in Halal industry as well provides training and consultancy to SMEs and industries to meet Halal standards and requirements.

The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) which was formerly known as the National Productivity Corporation was established in 1962 as a joint project between the United Nations Special Fund and the Federal Government, with the International Labour Organisation acting as its executing agency.

In 1966, the National Productivity Council (Incorporation) Act No. 19 was passed making the Centre an autonomous body. It was later amended as the National Productivity Council (Incorporation) (Amendment) Act A305 1975, to cater for expansion of the Centre`s role. This act was subsequently amended as the National Productivity Centre (Incorporation) (Amendment) Act A801 1991. With the Act coming into effect on 1 December 1991, the National Productivity Council became the National Productivity Corporation.

Until recently, with effect from 21st February 2008 National Productivity Corporation (NPC) is now officially known as Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC). YB Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) had signed the document enforcing National Productivity Corporation Act (Incorporated) (Amended) 2008 and set February 21, 2008 as the effective date of the said act. In keeping with the expanded role of the corporation, the act is now known as Malaysia Productivity Corporation Act (Incorporated) 1966.

Department of Veterinary Services is an agency of the Federal Government under the Ministry of Agriculture. Until the year 2008, Department of Malaysia has been led by nine (9) the Director General.

As the only organization responsible for the welfare of animals and livestock industry in this country, the expansion of the scope of responsibilities and the department’s role to fulfill the universal aspiration led to the rebranding of the Veterinary Services Department. 24th May 2008 was a historic date for staff departments and organizations when the Department of Animal Services Department name was changed to the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS). The launch was officiated by YB Dato' Mustapa bin Mohamed, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry.

A competent veterinary authority serving the animal industry for the sake of human welfare

Provide quality veterinary services as an assurance for public health and sustainable livestock industry for the sake of human welfare


  • Strengthen and maintain animal health status conducive to the animal industry
  • Public health assurance through the control of zoonotic diseases and wholesome food production from animal based products
  • Encourage sustainable livestock production and value added industry
  • Explore, develop and encourage the use of technology and optimum use of sources in animal based industry
  • Promote animal welfare practices in all aspect of rearing and production system


Making Malaysian Customs services world class in 2015

Spurring economic growth, preserving national security and well-being of the people through revenue collection services, facilitation of trade and industrialisation, and ensuring adherence to the laws through efficient and effective means

Service ethics
Trustworthy Services, Sincere and Dedicated (A.B.I.D.)

The Department of Statistics Malaysia is a premier government agency under the Prime Minister's Office entrusted with the responsibility to collect, interpret and disseminate latest and real time statistics in the monitoring of national economic performance and social development.

To increase and broaden its role as the premier agency in the field of statistics towards establishing a quality, user-oriented and timely information system for the formulation of policies for national development planning and administration.

To Become a Leading Statistical Organisation Internationally by 2020

Producer of National Statistics of integrity and reliability for national planning and development through:

  • Adoption of best practices and methodologies
  • Continuous research and statistical analysis
  • Use of the best technology; and
  • Competent and innovative human capital



  • To improve and strengthen statistical services and delivery system;
  • To be highly responsive to customer needs in a dynamic and challenging environment;
  • To have strong research and analytical capabilities
  • To ensure maximum use of superior technology and statistical methodology;
  • To inculcate a culture of innovation in producing and delivering statistical products and services;
  • To have competent workforce with high level of professionalism
  • To broaden the use of statistics among users.


Under the “Statistics Act 1965 (Revised 1989)”, the main functions of the department are:

  • To collect and interpret statistics for the purpose of formulation or implementation of government policies in whatever fields as needed by the government or for fulfilling the requirements of trade, commerce, industry, agriculture or others
  • To disseminate statistics which have been collected or interpretation based on statistics collected, not only to government agencies but also to authorities or persons where the information is useful to them


In becoming a more market-driven organisation, SIRIM will focus on discovering and developing new technologies to enable industries move up the value chain and aimed to expand from simply using technology to solve technical problems to discovering technology that will help industries to reinvent their products and business.

SIRIM also aims to promote the development of new sources for SMEs to tap and collaborate with SIRIM in the quest for growth in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors - as SIRIM Berhad continues to set the foundations for the second phase towards Vision 2020 and to become a key player in the broadening of Malaysia's knowledge-based economy.

Together with its industry partners, SIRIM Berhad has contributed tremendously to the dynamic national economy, enabling Malaysian products and services to receive its due recognition of quality and innovativeness.

Continuous reinvention has enabled SIRIM Berhad to ensure that it is market-driven, flexible, cost-effective and responsive to clients and customers.

SIRIM Berhad is a wholly-owned company of the Malaysian Government under the Minister of Finance Incorporated. Registered on 15 November 1995 and in full operation as a corporate entity on 1 September 1996, and since then, it has successfully delivered its role as the national agency for industrial development.

STANDARDS MALAYSIA play active role in assisting Malaysia to accelerate Halal industry by developing Malaysian Standard on Halal Food (MS 1500) also helps industry leaders in development and promotion of Malaysia's Halal Standards and continually to develop and update Malaysia Halal Standards.

The Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) is an agency under the ambit of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

STANDARDS MALAYSIA was officially launched on 28 August 1996 following the incorporation of Standards and Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) into SIRIM Berhad. STANDARDS MALAYSIA took over the statutory roles in standardization, formerly carried out by SIRIM. In addition, STANDARDS MALAYSIA is also entrusted with the responsibilities of accreditation.

In performing its duties and functions, STANDARDS MALAYSIA is governed by Standards of Malaysia Act 1996 (Act 549).



EPU support and helps in formulate Halal industry Master plan to strengthen the role and function.

"We strive to be the centre of excellence in economic development planning for Malaysia"


  • To enhance Malaysia’s socio-economic development towards achieving a developed-nation status by the year 2020;
  • To improve the quality of life of all Malaysians and promote balanced and sustainable development through effective development planning;
  • To strengthen internal resilience and international competitiveness and;
  • To promote optimum utilization of available resources.


Below are the functions of the Economic Planning Unit :-

  • Formulate policies and strategies for socio-economic development;
  • Prepare medium and long-term plans;
  • Prepare development programmes and project budget;
  • Monitor and evaluate the achievement of development programmes and projects;
  • Advise Government on economic issues;
  • Initiate and undertake necessary economic research;
  • Coordinate Malaysia's involvement in the development of the Growth Triangle Initiatives;
  • Monitor and evaluate investment activities to ensure they are in line with the corporate equity restructuring objective.


ME Corporation Malaysia (previously known as Small Medium Industries Development Corporation (SMIDEC)) provides matching grants to SMEs for Halal product development and product formulation, sample testing, acquisition of machinery and equipment, renovation expenditure for compliance to certification requirement, other related costs for compliance to requirements of Halal certification and promotional activities.

Other useful links by SME Corporation Malaysia:

  • Funds and Schemes for SMEs Promoted by The Govt.
  • Overseas Promotion Programmes
  • Funds and Advisory Services for Small and Medium Enterprise


Definition of SMEs
Malaysia adopted a common definition of SMEs to facilitate identification of SMEs in the various sectors and subsectors. This has facilitated the Government to formulate effective development policies, support programmes as well as provision of technical and financial assistance.

An enterprise is considered an SME in each of the respective sectors based on the Annual Sales Turnover or Number of Full-Time Employees as shown in the table below.

Small enterprise Medium enterprise
Manufacturing, Manufacturing-Related Services and Agro-based industries Sales turnover of less than RM250,000 OR full time employess less than 5 Sales turnover between RM250,000 and less than RM10 million OR full time employees between 5 and 50 Sales turnover between RM10 million and RM25 million OR full time employees between 51 and 150
Services, Primary Agriculture and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Sales turnover of less than RM200,000 OR full time employees less than 5 Sales turnover between RM200,000 and less than RM1 million OR full time employees between 5 and 19 Sales turnover between RM1 million and RM5 million OR full time employees between 20 and 50
The SMEinfo is a One Stop Information portal for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It provides information on all aspects of SME Development including Financing, Advisory Services, Training Programmes, Business and Networking opportunities as well as other SMEs Developmental Programmes/initiatives by the Government and the Private Sectors.
SME Corp. Malaysia is the Secretariat to the National SME Development Council (NSDC).

In this capacity, SME Corp Malaysia :

  • Promotes collaboration and oversees the coordination of overall SME development efforts across all Ministries and Agencies;
  • Formulates policies and strategies for better coordination and efficient implementation of SME development initiatives;
  • Coordinates SME statistics and publications; and
  • Formulates and implements overall SME financing policy to enhance access to financing across all economic sectors.



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Department of Chemistry is the leader in Halal product analysis and traceability. The specialized in meat speciation/Halal DNA functions as well research and product quality assurance.

A dynamic world class organization providing leadership for scientific solutions.

KIMIA MALAYSIA is committed to excellence in:

  • Providing integrated and synergistic services to ensure the nation’s welfare, public safety and health
  • Employing innovative sciences in strategic and emerging areas to enhance national competitiveness



  • The following values shall be the guiding principles for KIMIA MALAYSIA in defining its activities and operations towards achieving its desired goals;
  • Professional integrity
  • Scientific excellence and objectivity
  • Commitment to quality; and
  • Concern for customer satisfaction





MARDI was established with the main objective of generating and promoting new, appropriate and efficient technologies towards the advancement of the food, agriculture, food and agro-based industries.

MARDI is managed and guided by the regulations and policies set by the MARDI Governing Board and consented by the Minister of Agriculture And Agro-Based Industry. In matters pertaining to finance the consensus of the Minister of Finance is also obligatory.

Whereas, the Scientific Council ensures that MARDI technical programs attain the highest quality and level of competence.



BiotechCorp is an agency under the purview of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and is owned by the Minister of Finance Incorporated. BiotechCorp is governed by the Biotechnology Implementation Council and advised by the Biotechnology International Advisory Panel, both chaired by the honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The objective of the establishment of BiotechCorp amongst others is to identify value propositions in both R&D and commerce and support these ventures via financial assistance and developmental services.

BiotechCorp’s key mandates are as follows:

  • Act as a one-stop-centre
  • Nurture and accelerate growth of Malaysian biotechnology companies
  • Actively promote foreign direct investments in biotechnology
  • Create conducive environment for biotechnology


TPM Biotech Sdn. Bhd. (Formerly known as Periwinkle Science Sdn. Bhd.) was established in 2004 as a fully owned subsidiary of Technology Park (TPM) Corporation Sdn. Bhd, a Malaysian government-linked company.

As Malaysia is famous of her flora and fauna, TPM management recognised the opportunity and potential to utilise these abundance natural resources. In line with the global market trend and the growing demand in biodiversity products, the establishment of TPMB is materialised.

With the investment of more than RM28m, a biodiversity research and production center was setup on a 500-acres of land in Raub, Pahang. This research and production center is fully equiped with state-of-the-art laboratory equipments and production facilities to meet the market demand for high quality products with competitive price.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) was established in May 2000 as a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, entrusted with the functions of promoting and developing the nation's palm oil industry.

As a country's premier oil palm R&D institution, MPOB is committed in ensuring the development of the Malaysian palm oil industry through research and development, and the provision of excellent services. Towards achieving this aim, MPOB's objective is to position the palm oil industry as the most dynamic, productive, competitive and sustainable.

Through intensive R&D programmes, MPOB emphasis is on producing market driven technology in line with industry needs. MPOB has thus far launched more than 350 technological breakthroughs including high quality planting materials, efficient agronomic practices, modern milling and processing techniques, foods, nutrition, biomass, oleo chemical products and biodiesel technology for adoption by the industry and commercialisation.

MPOB is pursuing a dynamic role in research and development to be recognised as the premier Nobel Laureate producing R&D institution.





To Be the Premier Agency Responsible for the Management of the Nation's Finance and Economy

To Manage the Nation's Finance and Economy Effectively, Transparently and Efficiently to Achieve the Nation's Development Goals

Driving the Economy through Excellent Financial Policies


  • Ensure sustained and continuous economic growth.
  • Strengthen national competitiveness and economic resilience.
  • Ensure effective and prudent financial management.
  • Pursue a more equitable sharing of national wealth.
  • Improve quality of life and well being of society.



  • To formulate and implement fiscal and monetary policies in order to ensure effective and efficient distribution and management of financial resources.
  • To formulate financial management and accounting processes, procedures and standards to be implemented by all Government.
  • To manage the acquisition and disbursement of federal Government loans from domestic and external sources.
  • To monitor that Minister of Finance Incorporated companies are managed effectively.
  • To Monitor the financial management of Ministries, Government Departments and statutory Bodies.
  • To formulate and administer policies related to be the management of Government procurement.
  • To formulate policies and administer Government housing loans for public sector employees.



"Science, Technology and Innovation for knowledge generation, wealth creation and societal well-being"

"Championing scientific discovery and transforming innovation to achieve a K-based society for sustainable development through R&D planning, funding and commercialization."


Knowledge Generation
To generate knowledge to spur the economic advancement through human capital and intellectual property development.

Wealth Creation
To value-add the existing sources of wealth and create new sources towards elevating national competitiveness and ensuring economic advancement.

Societal Well Being
To enhance societal well-being and improve the standard and quality of life.


To develop Malaysia into a leading tourism nation

To implement the National Tourism Policy towards making the tourism industry the nation's main source of income for the socio-economic development of the country

National Tourism Policy
To turn the tourism industry into a major, sustainable, viable and quality sector which contributes to the socio-economic development of the country


  • To develop a sustainable tourism industry in order to generate a major source of income for the country
  • To promote the tourism sector professionally, efficiently and continuously to meet the needs and preferences of foreign and local tourists
  • To strengthen and upgrade a quality service delivery system in order to ensure tourist satisfaction



  • To formulate the national tourism policy to achieve the Ministry’s vision, mission and objectives
  • To implement policies pertaining to the progress and development of the tourism industry
  • To co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of tourism programmes and projects



Mission and vision

To develop efficient, safe and effective transport systems and services towards the enhancement of multi modalism and competitiveness.

1.    Planning, formulating and implementing rail, maritime, ports and civil aviation transport policies.
2.    Implementing infrastructure projects for rail, maritime, port and civil aviation.
3.    Coordinating the integration of transport modes to achieve seamless travel.
4.    Licensing services :
  • License service providers and concession holders (except commercial vehicles).
  • Individual driving licenses - individual / commercial driving licenses, pilot licenses, navigator and helmsman licenses.
  • Domestic shipping licenses.
5.    Registration for all vehicles.
6.    Pricing policy (except for commercial vehicles).
7.    To regulate/ supervise policy and operation of concession holders/ government companies.
8.    To determine/ regulate service and safety standards and regulations.
9.    Forge and maintain regional and international cooperation programs in the transport sector.

1.    To develop an integrated transport infrastructure network based on a supply driven approach.
2.    To implement an efficient, modern and high-tech transport system.
3.    To develop public and goods transport services which are seamless, safe and efficient.
4.    To create a competitive environment in the transport industry.
5.    To implement an efficient enforcement and regulatory function with integrity.


Forefront in Agriculture Transformation.
  • To transform the agriculture and agro-based industry into a modern, dynamic and competitive sector
  • To position Malaysia as a major world food exporter.
  • To develop the agriculture sector as the country’s engine of growth

Core Business

Core Business 1
To plan and formulate relevant policies, strategies and Agricultural Development Programmes

Core Business 2
To evaluate and coordinate the implementation of Agricultural Development programmes/project

Core Business 3
To carry out agriculture related data and information collection and  economic analysis based on the collected data and information.

Core Business 4
To plan and put in place publicity programmes for advisory and research services as well as for agricultural information management system

Core Business 5
To ensure the ministry’s participation in international programmes and assignments

Core Business 6
To be a one stop agency on agro-food related expert and advisory services to the private sector
The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB) was established to implement quality control on pharmaceutical products. The infrastructure and facilities were designed to meet the requirements for testing and quality control activities.

Beginning 1985, NPCB was given the task of ensuring the quality, efficacy and safety of pharmaceuticals through the registration and licensing scheme. This is achieved through evaluation of scientific data and laboratory tests on all products before they are marketed. The NPCB also handles courses and provides training to personnel from the ASEAN countries, for example from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Main activities

  • To implement the drug and cosmetic registration scheme through evaluation of technical data, laboratory test, research and information from international bodies.
  • To carry out analytical, pharmaceutical, microbiological, pharmacological and toxicological tests on drugs and cosmetic to ensure quality, efficacy and safety of the products.
  • To enforce a quality control scheme on drugs in the market through random sampling and test.
  • To enforce a licensing scheme for manufacturer, importer, wholesaler including licensing scheme for clinical trial.
  • To encourage and assist local manufacturer to upgrade the manufacturing standards to levels equivalent to the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice as recommended by WHO.
  • To manage adverse drug reaction monitoring programme and participate in the WHO Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Programme.
  • To manage the product recall scheme for the pharmaceutical products which are found to be substandard or dangerous to the consumer.
  • To carry out research on methodology for the purpose of evaluating quality, efficacy and safety of drug and cosmetic.
  • To establish a reference standard system for local use and neighbouring countries through a scheme of co-operation among ASEAN countries.
  • To carry out training for pharmacist, professional and semi professional who are placed in this institution from time to time under local training scheme or international co-operation scheme


FoSIM is an acronym for Food Safety Information System of Malaysia, an intelligent world class web-based information system to enhance the management of food safety surveillance thus ensuring food sold in Malaysia is safe for human consumption. FoSIM emphasizes the establishment of food import surveillance system. The system having interfaced with Custom Information System (Sistem Maklumat Kastam -SMK) which allows importer/agents and authorised officers at entry points to manage food importation activities electronically using ICT.



Provides research and development (R & D) and courses in Halal matters. Halal Product Research Institute, HPRI of UPM and Halal Industry Research Centre of IIUM as among the leading research Institute in Halal matters, giving full dedication in their R&D and findings followed by other universities.
Halal Products Research Institute (HPRI) has been established officially on 1 July 2006 resulting from restructuring Halal Food Institute to undertake research and development (R & D) in the halal products industry. The establishment of the Halal Products Research Institute serves as a one-stop center or 'one-stop center' approach through a comprehensive, balanced and multifaceted to study all aspects of halal products in national and global levels.

Halal Products Research Institute aims to be a center of excellence in halal products research, as well as providing a professional services in realizing the countries' aim in developing the field of agriculture and make Malaysia as a Global Halal Hub.
One way to promote high quality of research is to establish well-balanced team of researchers through the so-called research clustering. Clustering research into strategic areas increase the number of researchers bidding for major or big projects. Data from Ministry of Science Technology and Environment shows that the institutions that become the major takers for IRPA grant, derived from the existence of research clusterings in the. Research clusterings have a huge impact in encouraging and promoting research.

Among the main objectives for the establishment of research cluster that is expected to bring major contributions to research in IIUM are:

  • To promote research and enhance good research image of the IIUM ;
  • To be more focused in conducting quality research and innovation in IIUM niche areas;
  • To encourage researchers in disseminating research findings through articles in refereed journals, papers in international proceeding, books and seminars;
  • To provide opportunities for new and senior researchers to have their own research team;
  • To form national and international research linkages,
  • To commercialize the research outputs through patenting, etc.


The niche areas showcase the research projects and consultation activities of the department staffs and students and areas in which subjects and academic programs are offered by the department. Taken together, these areas are representative of the strategic directions of the department in its research and teaching: Information System TAM -- for Technology, Application Development and Management. This strategy is intended to articulate a vision for the department's key activities. The strategy is also intended to distinguish and build upon the areas of the department's high competency in research. These areas cover the concepts, methods, techniques, tools, and issues related to information systems in organizations:
  • Information systems management
  • Information systems development in organizational context
  • Information and data management
UiTM is Malaysia's largest institution of higher learning in terms of size and population. It has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 1956 and it is still growing. The university has expanded nationwide with 12 branch campuses, three satellite campuses, 9 city campuses and 21 affiliated colleges. With this vast network and a workforce of 17,000, the university offers more than 300 academic programmes in a conducive and vibrant environment. It is also home to some 172,000 students.

The University is committed to helping bumiputera students achieve the highest scholarly level and to prepare them for careers in public and professional practice in various fields. Its formation is based on a vision of outstanding scholarship and academic excellence that is capable of providing leadership in various arenas.

Although still a fledgling compared to other more established universities in the country, UiTM has earned a reputation as being one of Malaysia's innovative and entrepreneurial universities, as it has formed linkages with numerous and diverse industrial sectors. Hence, its relationships with the industries have enriched its research and innovation as well as its entrepreneurial culture.

Today, UiTM draws strength from the initiatives of its founding fathers, exploring and mastering various frontiers of knowledge as it works towards reaching greater heights and celebrating more accomplishments at home and abroad. The ultimate is to put UiTM on the world map.

Right from the time of its establishment USM has adopted an innovative approach to higher education and of significance is its departure from the traditional faculty system of academic organisation. In its place, USM implements the broad-based School system where related subjects are grouped into schools of study and within each school, the policy combines subjects and to organise courses in such a manner that a degree of specialization in a chosen subject was possible.

From the outset, USM was given the mandate to provide, promote, and develop higher education in the fields of Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Building Sciences & Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education, as well as to provide for research and advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of such knowledge in these fields of study.

As one of the four Higher Institutions of Learning recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education as a Research Intensive University, USM offers educational and research opportunities to both students and staff. One of the key elements in the development of academic excellence at USM is the establishment of its research centres and units. This is due to the fact that the University has always been aware of the need for both research and teaching to remain as receptive as possible to the demands of society, and that the centres and units would provide better opportunities for integration and networking.

In addition, USM also provides consultancy, testing, and advisory services to industry. These services come under the ambit of USAINS Holdings Sdn Bhd, the University’s commercial arm.

Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) or formerly known as Islamic University College of Malaysia (KUIM) is the 12th Public Higher Education Institution (IPTA) in Malaysia. KUIM was approved by the Cabinet on 11 June 1997 and made public on 13 March 1998. KUIM started its operations in January 2000 at 5th Floor, Faculty of Islamic Studies Building, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. The first enrolment for KUIM began on 18 June 2000 in our temporary location at Institut Professional Baitulmal (IPB), Kuala Lumpur. In January 2002, KUIM moved to another temporary campus in Tower A and B, Persiaran MPAJ, Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur. Currently, KUIM is operating in stages at a permanent campus in Bandar Baru Nilai starting 15 July 2005. KUIM was officially upgraded to USIM on 1 February 2007, in line with the government’s aim to upgrade the development of higher education to an international level.

Among the objectives of the establishment of USIM are to uphold and enhance Islamic studies, bring Islamic Studies into the national main education stream, emphasize the use of information technology in education and research systems. Focus is also put in mastering Arabic and English language as well as the national language.

At present, USIM have 8 faculties with 18 academic programmes. The academic programmes are focused and developed with the idea that Islamic studies should be taken as a base for all academic programmes and it should cover and surpass all branches of knowledge that includes economy, law, syariah, language, dakwah, management, Quran and Sunnah, Fiqh, counseling, communication, medicine, science & information technology, dentistry and accounting. Through this unique approach, it is hoped that wider opportunities for Islamic stream students are open and these graduates will not be too confounded on the traditional scope of Islamic Studies per se.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) Established in 1970 UKM is the first Malaysian university to operate a teaching hospital. The University has 12 faculties including Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences and Humanities. For STPM students, the University offers wide range of courses for further studies. UKM has 98 disciplines, courses covering Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Science Education, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Law, Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and Bachelor of Islamic Studies degrees.