National politics of Halal certification: the collapse of the MUI’s long-held syndicate

In Indonesia Halal qualification becomes a contentious issue over and over again. For example, in March 2021, the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) made a debatable fatwa that ruled the AstraZeneca COVID-19 injection as “haram” however acceptable for urgency, despite the business’s persistence that it does not include pork components. On one more occasion, Halal …

The taking down of the MUI’s monopoly on Halal certification is an outcome of the inauguration of the Halal Item Guarantee Body (BPJPH). The LPPOM MUI was most likely confident that the BPJPH will designate them as an LPH, considering their big sources of auditors as well as competence on Halal accreditation. In August 2019, headed by Ikhsan Abdullah, the supervisor of the MUI’s Regulation Payment as well as a lawyer standing for Lukmanul Hakim, LPPOM MUI’s 31 local branches submitted a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court to insist their legal qualifications and demanded the cancellation of several write-ups of the UU JPH, to prevent the full transfer of the required. Showing on this issue, the parliamentary board on the bill made a decision to open the gate for various other entities, such as the universities and Islamic ormas (e.g. Nahdlatul Ulama), to develop their own LPH, and to revoke the need of Halal auditors to get qualifications from the MUI. In March 2021, the secretary-general of the MUI Amirsyah Tambunan as well as the new head of BPJPH Mastuki agreed the 2 organisations will cultivate teamwork to accelerate Halal accreditation for the advantage of the economy.