Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, is the Islamic authority in-charge of Muslim affairs in Singapore. Muis was established as a statutory board in 1968, when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came into effect. Muis advises the President of Singapore on all matters relating to Islam in Singapore. Among other things, Muis provides Halal Certification services.
Muis is vested with the powers to act as the sole authority to administer and regulate Halal certification in Singapore as stipulated in 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
- Section 88A(5): Any person who, without the approval of the Majlis
- issues a Halal certificate in relation to any product, service or activity; or
- 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 both
The Muis' Halal certification services were formally started in 1978. The move to set up its Halal Certification Strategic Unit was driven by the increasing demand for Singapore products being Halal-certified and eating establishments. Muis also regulates the burgeoning Halal industry.
In 2014, Muis certified more than 2,900 premises and has played an important role as the custodian of Halal food assurance for Singapore's 15% Muslim population. Furthermore, the burgeoning Halal food industry with the availability of many Halal-certified eating establishments has helped foster social interaction between individuals from diverse racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.