he halal-certifying body in Singapore is Majlis Ugama Islam Singapore (MUIS), also known as the “Islamic Religious Council of Singapore”, a statutory board that was established in 1968 when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came into effect. Under AMLA, Muis is to advise the President of Singapore on all matters relating to Islam in Singapore.
The role of Muis is to see that the many and varied interests of Singapore’s Muslim community are looked after.
Among the principal functions of Muis are:
• Administration of Zakat, Wakaf (endowment), pilgrimage affairs, Halal certification and other activities related to the socio-religious life of Muslims in Singapore
• Construction, development, administration and management of mosques
• Development and administration of Islamic Education and Madrasah
• Issuance of religious guidance to the community
To work with the community in developing a profound religious life and dynamic institutions
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To set the Islamic agenda, shape religious life and forge the Singaporean Muslim identity.
The Council of Muis is the overall decision-making body and is responsible for the formulation of policies and operational plans.
The Council is made up of the President of Muis, the Mufti of Singapore, the Chief Executive, as well as members recommended by the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and nominated by Muslim organisations. All members of the Council are appointed by the President of the Republic of Singapore on a three-year term.
The immense potential of the halal market
In next half century, the world’s Muslim population is projected to grow by 67% to reach 3 billion in 2060. The global halal economy is estimated to be worth about US$2.3 trillion today.
The Mastercard-Crescent Rating Halal Travel Frontier 2020 reports that the Muslim travel market is projected to be US$300 billion segment in 2026.
Singapore is well positioned
With Muis as the sole custodian of Halal certification in Singapore, the Republic’s certification standard is trusted, reliable and accepted. The Muis Halal Certification mark is widely recognised in key Halal markets such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries through the MABIMS and GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreements, respectively.
Singapore is also well positioned in a region with more than 60% of the global Muslim population and is itself a multiracial and multicultural nation, having a Malay community as its second largest population in its demographics. Singapore’s Muslim population ranked amongst those with the highest purchasing power (Source: Economist Intelligence Unit).
Singapore also ranks top in the global index for food security, excellent geographical location and strong government support with a slew of financial incentives.
According to the Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018, Singapore scored the strongest for having an environment i.e. enabling climate, safety, faith restriction, inbound economy, which is sustainable in supporting Muslim travellers. Majority of the destinations which have supportive environments originate from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destinations.
It augurs well that Singapore retained its premier position as the top Muslim-friendly non-OIC destination for Muslim travellers in 2019. Such is the reputation of the Republic among Muslim travellers.
The regional economic integration through the formation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) also gives Singapore an immense opportunity to position itself strategically in riding the wave of the booming halal market.
Government agencies, industry bodies and businesses are geared up to tap on the growth and further develop the halal food industry.