Thailand Halal Assembly has remarkable journey of success
(A news report prepared by Syed Atiq ul Hassan; 21 Dec 2022)
A bouquet of Thai Muslim philosophers, educators, scientists, technologists, and intellectuals has blossomed in the last twenty years to serve the Muslim Ummah.
The Muslims of Thailand today are proud to say that they have made great strides to implement the principles of Islam and Sharia for a halal lifestyle, and to distinguish between halal and haram by using modern science and technology.
It is hard to compare the Halal research and developments by Thai scientists, researchers, technologists, and academicians with those of any other Muslim country.
Thai Muslims’ achievements extend beyond developing aesthetically pleasing mosques, Islamic schools, the arts, culture, and libraries. They are meeting the modern requirements for Halal products & services and the Halal lifestyle by utilizing modern science, technology, and innovation. At Chulalongkorn University, excellence can be seen in the establishment of the Halal Food Examining Laboratory in 1995, which was transformed into the Halal Science Center (HSC) in 2004.
The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University is regarded as the first Halal science laboratory in the world. The HSC commits to developing Halal science, technology, and innovation.
In today’s technological era, halal industries, businesses, and religious institutions require the development of information technology platforms so that learning resources can be created, and databases can be built.
Hence, in accordance with the strategy and demand of the time, the Halal Science Center offered five workstations: Halal Forensic Laboratory (HAFOLAB), Halal Business Incubator of Halal Products (BIHAP), Halal Food and Nutrition Alert (HAFANA), Halal Big Data House (HABIDAH), and Halal Innovation Community Learning Center (HICOLEC).
Moreover, Halal Science Center collaborated with HALKEW Company Limited, a startup under Jamjuree Innovation Products Company and
Halal Science Development Foundation to launch THA Shop – an online business learning center. There are currently more than 100 SMEs participating in this mega project.
HSC, led by Assoc Prof Dr. Winai Dahlan, HSC’s founding director, presented its expertise and cooperation to the ASEAN Working Group on Halal Food
and Services in 2017.
To celebrate the remarkable achievements and ongoing progress of Thailand Muslims in Halal science, Halal academic research, development and innovation, and Halal business, a plan was launched in 2014 to host an annual Thailand Halal Assembly for national and international Muslim audiences and Halal industry associates.
Creating Soft Power for Halal Science Show called ‘Thailand Diamond Halal’ the
Halal Science Center (HSC) in collaboration with the Central Islamic Council of Thailand (CICOT), the Halal Standard Institute of Thailand (HSIT), Research Synergy Foundation (RSF), and other local Islamic bodies and organizations held, Thailand Halal Assembly 2022 which includes International Halal Science and Technology Conference (IHSATEC) 2022, and the 15th Halal Science Industry and Business (HASIB) Conference, during 15-16 December 2022 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. The theme of the event was ‘Soft Powering of Halal Science, Technology and Innovation’. This was the first hybrid event both online and on-site at the venue of Chulalongkorn University.
In this international Halal event of Thailand Halal Assembly (THA) 2022, more than 530 delegates from 38 countries participated, in addition to the more than 1,500 online participants.
This 2-day THA 2022 comprises the 15th Halal Science Industry and Business (HASIB), and the 8th International Halal Standards and Certification Convention (IHSACC) 2022.
There were 23 international speakers associated with Halal events, businesses, and global industry from Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Gambia, UAE, Algeria, France, Brunei Darussalam, Australia, Poland, and Thailand, participated. The Speakers & Moderators entertained the in-house and online audiences with their high level of halal industry experience, experience, knowledge, and information.
Besides Halal industry organizations from Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Gambia, UAE, Algeria, France, Brunei Darussalam, Australia, Poland, and Thailand, the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) was also on board.
Associate Professor Dr. Pakorn Priyakorn in his closing speech told the audience that under the leadership of Dr. Winai Dahlan, the
Chairman of Thailand Halal Assembly 2022, they have been working together with Research Synergy Foundation (RSF), Indonesia, on the
Academic presentation session under IHSATEC. There were 42 participants in the Academic presentation including 37 oral presentations and 5 poster presentations from 16 countries namely Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Myanmar, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan, UAE, Vietnam, and Thailand. There were honoured to have 9 expert judging committees from Malaysia, Gambia, Pakistan, UAE, Egypt, and Thailand.
2-Day THA 2022 commenced with the opening ceremony on the morning of Thursday, December 15, 2022, at the Grand Room with the recitation of the Holy Al-Quran by Mr. Abdul Naser Korpitak.
15th HASIB/8th IHSACC and IHSATEC2022 were held in Room-I (801) for 2 days.
The Opening session ‘Soft Powering of Halal Science, Technology, And Innovation’, started with the keynote speech of Associate Professor
Dr. Pakorn Priyakorn, the Director, Halal Standard Institute of Thailand, on the topic ‘Soft Powering of Halal Science, Technology, and Innovation’.
The second keynote speaker was Associate Professor Dr. Winai Dahlan, Founding Director, The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University. Dr. Winai Dahlan spoke on ‘Soft Powering of Halal Science, Technology, and Innovation’.
The Session 2 was on ‘Innovative Halal Products’.
The following respected speakers delivered their papers with presentations:
The Speaker Prof. Dr. Irwandi Jaswir, Dean for Academic, Research, and Publication at INHART, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), presented his paper on ‘Halal Gelatin Nano Particles for Food and Pharmaceutical Application’
The Speaker Prof. Dr. Ahmed M. Youssef, Professor at the Packing materials Department, National Research Center, Egypt, presented his paper with a presentation on ‘Improving Halal Traceability Process in Packaging Materials For Preserving Halal Fresh Chicken Breast Fillets Based On Cinnamon Nanoemulsion’.
The Speaker Dr. Acharee Suksuwan, a Researcher at The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, presented his paper with a presentation on ‘The Promising Nanomaterials Acting as Artificial Enzymes For Halal Industry Applications’.
The Speaker Dr. Anat Denyingyhot, Assistant Director and Head of Science and Technology Services Group at The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, presented his paper with a presentation on ‘Modern On-Site Tool for Monitoring Contamination Of Five Non-Halal Animals In Halal Food Products Using Multiplex PCR Coupled With DNA Strip’.
The 3rd Session of the 8th International Halal Standards and Certification Convention (IHSACC). The theme of this convention was ‘The Development of New Halal Standards for The Next Trends Of New Products And Services’.
The scope of the convention was as follows:
1) Policies and standards for bodies involved in testing, calibration, certification, inspection, accreditation, and other related standards
2) The roles and responsibilities of Halal standards in future food trends.
3) The standardization for Halal tourism and related services.
4) Halal traceability and tracking systems for Halal sustainability.
5) The past, current state, and anticipated future of Halal standardization.
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pakorn Priyakorn, Director of The Halal Standard Institute of Thailand. Following were the Speakers:
Dato’ Dr. Mohmed Razip Hasan, Director General Islamic Tourism Centre, Malaysia
Topic: The Importance of Standards in Islamic Tourism Perspective
Dr. Fertiana Santy, Coordinator for partnership of Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (BPJPH), Indonesia
Topic: Indonesia Halal Outlook 2023.
Mr. Çağrı CANKURTARAN, Secretary of SMIIC/CCA
Topic: New OIC/SMIIC Standards on Conformity Assessment
Mufti Yousuf Abdul Razzaq, Vice chairman of the National Standard Committee & Member of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), Pakistan
Topic: Halal Standardization: Current Scenario and Future Prospects
Dr. Mohammed Ali AL SHEIKH, Assistant Specialist, SMIIC
Topic: How Many Halal Standards Do We Need? Aren’t We Covered All Halal Sectors Yet?
Day one ended with a delicious dinner by the host in honour of the delegates.
IHSATEC2022; 15th HASIB
Session-3: ‘Tracking And Tracing Technology For Halal Quality Control’
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Vice Chancellor, International University of Gambia, Gambia.
Speaker: H.E. İhsan ÖVÜT, Secretary General, SMIIC, Türkiye.
Topic: ‘OIC/SMIIC Standards on Halal Issues and Halal Quality Infrastructure
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Awis Qurni Sazili, Director, Halal Products Research Institute, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia.
Topic: ‘Importance of Knife Sharpness and Positions For Slaughter: Shariah Perspective and Scientific Validation’
Speaker: Dr. Abdul Sattar Shah, Director of KP Food Safety & Halal Food Authority Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Topic: ‘Current Status of Halal Policy and Future Prospects For Developing Halal Food System In Pakistan’
Speaker: Dr. Pornpimol Mahamad, Assistant Director and Researcher of The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Topic: ‘Molecular-Based Approaches For Detection And Quantitation of Animal Species Material In Edible Gelatin’.
Session-4: ‘Blockchain-Based Traceability For Halal Products And Services’
Moderator: Assist. Prof. Dr. Pradorn Sureepong, The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ahmed Seffah, College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University UAE.
Topic: ‘Beyond Technology (AI, Blockchain, IoT, Etc.), Engineering AI-Based Systems That Are Usable and Secure, Yet Sustainable?’
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Naouel Abdellatif Mami, Professor at niversité Mohamed Lamine Debaghine, Sétif 2, Algeria.
Topic: ‘Technological Innovations for The Detection of Halal Food’
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ahmed Mehaoua, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Paris.
Topic: ‘Blockchain Security Challenges’
Session-5: ‘Future, Challenges, And Opportunities Of Halal Products’
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Faridah Hj Hassan, Founder of iHalal Management and Science (iHALALMAS).
Speaker: Dr. Hendrati Dwi Mulyaningsih, Research Synergy Foundation (RSF) and University Islam Bandung, Indonesia.
Topic: ‘Global Halal Trends: Current Issues and Development
Speaker: Pengiran Dr Hajah Norkhairiah binti Pengiran Haji Hashim, Director of the Halalan Thayyiban Research Centre, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei Darussalam.
Topic: ‘Soft powering Halal Industry in Brunei: Opportunities and Challenges’
Speaker: Mr. Farhan Tufail, Director of Halal Certification Services, Switzerland
Topic: Future, Challenges, and Opportunities of Halal Products
Speaker: Mr. Syed Atiq ul Hassan, Founding Director Halal Expo Australia, Journalist, Writer & Speaker., Sydney Australia
Topic: ‘Muslim Millennials, Technological Challenges, and Promoting Halal Lifestyle’
Thai – Middle East Trade Promotion Activities
Discussion Forum On “How Thai Halal Can Access Arab Market Successfully?”
Opening remarks by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pakorn Priyakorn, Director of The Halal Standard Institute of Thailand.
Welcoming remarks by
Mr. Akavut T. Kusolwong, President of Vega Thai Mart Co., Ltd.
Special talks: “How Thai Halal Can Access Arab Market Successfully?”
Mr. Panote Bunyahotra, Former Director of the International Trade Promotion Office and
Mr. Prasan Boonsong, Vice Secretary General, The Central Islamic Council of Thailand (CICOT).
IHSATEC2022 The Academic Presentations were held in Room II (701)Oral Presentation (OP) Science, Technology, and Innovation session
Welcoming Academic Presentation and Group Photo
Prof. Dr. Ahmed M. Youssef, Professor of Packaging and Packing materials,
National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt.
Paper ID: HST22125
Presenter: Mr. Siti Aishah Hasbullah, National University of Malaysia
Title: ‘Electrochemical Biosensor for The Detection of Porcine DNA Based On Tetraaza Complex As Sensing Material’
Paper ID: HST22131
Presenter: Assoc. Prof. Moohamad
Ropaning Sulong, Universiti Selangor, Malaysia
Title: ‘Matured and Young Anacardium occidentale Leaves Extract for Amylase Inhibitor: An Alternative to Antidiabetic’
Paper ID: HST22122
Presenter: Mr. Mohd Yusop Mohd Hazim, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.
Title: “Analysis of Porcine DNA in Gelatine Products using SYBR Green
Paper ID: IHSATEC2022
‘Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction for Halal Verification’
Paper ID: HST22123
Presenter: Dr. Renea Shinta Aminda, Universitas Ibn Khaldun Bogor, Indonesia.
Title: ‘Performance of Conventional and Sharia Mutual Funds Using Sharpe,
Treynor and Jensens Methods’
Oral Presentation (OP)
Session: Business & Marketing, Social Science
Session Chair 1:
Prof. Dr. Faridah Hj Hassan, Founder of iHalal Management and Science (iHALALMAS), Universiti Teknologi MARA Shahalam, MalaysiaSession Chair 2:
Assist. Prof. Dr. Pradorn Sureepong, Assistant Director of the Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Paper ID: HST22121
Presenter: Mrs. Sisca Wulandari, Universitas Muhammadiyah A.R Fachruddin, Indonesia.
Title: ‘The Role of Muslim Parents in Familiarizing Halal Snacks in Indonesia After the Covid-19 Pandemic’
Paper ID: HST22146 – virtual
Presenter: Laila Sugiarta, Universitas Islam Bandung, Indonesia.
Paper ID: IHSATEC2022
Title: ‘How does intellectual capital affect MSME business resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic?’
Paper ID: HST22136
Presenter: Dr. Titik Respati, Universitas Islam Bandung, Indonesia.
Title: ‘Digital Health Literacy around Halal Covid-19 Vaccines’
Paper ID: HST22130
Presenter: Ratna Januarita, Universitas Islam Bandung, Indonesia.
Title: ‘Islamic Hospital: Maqāsid Al- Sharīah, Islamic Tourism, and Halal Ecosystem Prospect’.
Oral Presentation (OP)
Science, Technology, and Innovation session
Session Chair 1:
Prof. Dr. Irwandi Jaswir, Dean for Academic, Research, and Publication at INHART, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia.
Session Chair 2:
Dr. Pakpum Somboon, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Paper ID: HST22147
Virtual Presenter: Ms. Nurul Nafisha Shapiee, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.
Title: ‘The Growth of BB Glow Treatment: A Conceptual Study’
Paper ID: HST22141
Presenter: Mrs. Nor Surilawana Sulaiman, Halalan Thayyiban Research Centre, University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei.
Title: ‘Food Waste Conversion to Halal Organic Fertilizers’
Paper ID: HST22148 – virtual
Presenter: Dr. Ir. Jenni Ria Rajagukguk , MSi, Faculty of Engineering MMT Krisnadwipayana University,Jakarta, Indonesia.
Title: ‘Study of Customer Satisfaction Index on The Reliability of Motor Services Using The Servqual Method in The Educational Environment’
Paper ID: HST22124 – virtual
Presenter: Ms. Phyo Thandar Hlaing, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand
Title: ‘Monitoring Land Use/Land Cover Change in Tha Chin River Basin’
Paper ID: HST22135 – virtual
Presenter: Mr. Azis Rayhan, Universitas Islam Bandung, Indonesia.
Title: ‘The Effect of Halal Labels on The Welfare of MSMEs’
Paper ID: HST22132
Presenter: Mr. Ibdalsyah, Universitas Ibn Khaldun Bogor, Indonesia.
Paper ID: IHSATEC2022 – Academic Presentation
Title: ‘A New Paradigm of Islamic Dakwah on Food and Halal Products for Non-Muslims’
Paper ID: HST22120
Presenter: Selpina Kurniasih, Universitas Muhammaddiyah A.R. Fachruddin.
Title: ‘Brief Overview of Antibiotic Sales as Prescription Drug in Marketplace (S)’
Paper ID: HST22140
Presenter: Mrs. Siska Nia Irasanti, Universitas Islam Bandung.
Title: ‘The Quality and Satisfaction of Halal Products and Services in Sharia-Certified Hospitals: Patient Perspective’
Paper ID: HST22144
Presenter: Mr. Faisol Nawae, Prince of Songkla University.
Title: ‘A Repeated Teenage Pregnancy in Southernmost of Thailand’
Paper ID: 5416
Presenter: Mr. Mst Sultana Sharmin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Malaysia.
Title: ‘Analysis of Porcine DNA in Processed Food Products using qPCR -Halal Authentication’
Academic Award Ceremony
Awards were distributed to the speakers and moderators after each session.
The Closing Ceremony Remarks and Conference Resolution by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Winai Dahlan, Founding Director, The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University (HSC-CU) followed by Dua and Vote of Thanks and Group photographs.