The Pickering Post
Monday, 18th February 2019

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(Part 3 of 12)

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


Indonesia has a population of around 237 million people. It has the largest number of Muslims of any country in the world and is home to 13% of the world’s entire Muslim population. It also happens to be our nearest neighbour and a lucrative export market.

In Australia, halal red meat production for export is governed by the Australian Government Muslim Slaughter Program (AGMS). The AGMS is underpinned by legislation through the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).

AQIS introduced the AGMS program in 1983 to regulate the production of halal meat and meat products. The AGMS is controlled by legal requirements in the Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Orders under the Export Control Act of 1982, and applies to red meat, offal and meat products.

If you want to call food halal in Indonesia, then labelling is mandatory.

The ‘pig scare’* crisis in Indonesia in 1989 led to the formation of the nation’s halal certification authority; the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) or the Indonesian Clerics Council which enforces the Republic of Indonesia’s health and labelling Acts. 

(*Pork was detected in meatballs from thirty nine different meatball shops in the Surabaya and Yogyakarta region.)

In Australia halal certifiers have needed to seek approval from the MUI for the licensing rights to halal certify for exports into the Indonesian market.

In 2006, the MUI was caught up in an Australian corruption scandal dubbed by the Indonesian media as, ‘Halal for Cash’.

Australian halal certifier, Mohamed El Mouelhy, (there’s that name again) made allegations of corruption against the then Chairman of the MUI, Amidhan Shanerah. 

Several Australian certifiers paid a total of $28,000 personally to Shanerah for travel expenses to and from Australia. El Mouelhy contributed $4,000.

Shanerah denied that the Australian certifiers had funded the trip. He claimed that the State (Indonesia) paid for the trip. The allegations claimed Shanerah pocketed the funds paid to him personally by the Australian certifiers.

Following Shanerah’s junket to Australia, all the “donating” certifiers were approved, except Mr El-Mouelhy who was refused certification because he was unqualified, being neither an Islamic law expert nor a food scientist. He remains unaccredited and unable to certify halal in Indonesia.

Subsequent to the corruption allegations, changes were made to halal certification in Indonesia.

It’s reasonable to ask if Mr El Mouelhy would have made such a fuss had he received his halal certification accreditation.

Following this public corruption scandal, the Indonesian government introduced a bill on halal certification so as to transfer the halal certification authority from the MUI to a new, independent body. It was claimed this was done for the protection of Indonesian consumers. 

The Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that taking over the authority to issue halal certification from the MUI was part of an effort to “uphold the principle of fairness”.

He said, “Other Islamic organisations will be jealous and will demand the same role. Besides, it is the government that has the mandate to issue a regulation, not a mass organisation.”

The Minister proposed, in a new arrangement for halal certification, that the MUI could still be involved in providing recommendations but only from a “religious perspective”.

Suryadharma Ali, who is the chair of the Islamic-based United Development Party (PPP), said that by eliminating the role of the MUI, the government could also reap additional tax revenues from the issuance of halal certificates.

Under the current arrangement, the MUI gets to keep all proceeds derived from the issuance of the certificates. The MUI charges 5 million rupiah (approx $400) for a halal certificate.

Tasked with deliberating the bill, Lawmaker Hasrul Azwar, a member of the House Commission overseeing religious and social affairs, said the MUI had never been transparent about what it earned from halal certification.

Hasrul Azwar, also a PPP politician, said that once the government had control of the halal certification process it would not only reap more revenue for the state but could also help curb extortionate practices. “We plan to break down the components of costs involved in the issuance of each certificate to prevent businesses from being charged illegal levies. We have to control it”, he said.

The draft bill also proposes the establishment of an independent halal-certification body, which is currently being formed.

Australia, however, still has no regulation of the halal certification ‘industry’. Unqualified Muslims are allowed to proliferate and prosper at the expense of mostly non-Islamic consumers. 

Indonesia with 210 million Muslims, 85% of the population, has one government appointed halal certifying body. Australia with 500,000 Muslims, 2.2% of the population, has 33 listed halal certifiers. 

And the government appoints not a single one of them!

Halal certification in Australia is entirely unregulated and runs rampant through our consumer markets.

After eight years of dispute with the MUI, the Indonesian government has only just reached an agreement with it to finalise legislation for an independent consumer-based body to regulate halal certification.

In contrast, Australia’s halal certifiers are growing like weeds through our economy, reaping billions at the cost of the consumer and taxpayer, certifying anything and everything that moves, or doesn’t move.

In Indonesia, the MUI will continue to halal certify until 2018 at which time it will hand over to the new body. Part of its submission to government is that it wants halal certification to be mandatory on all foods, goods and pharmaceuticals which is attracting strident opposition from Indonesian consumer and industry bodies. Yet it attracts little attention here.

The Indonesian Association of Food and Beverage Companies is against halal certification saying that applying halal labels is a “heavy burden on industry”.

That same heavy burden is occurring here in Australia. 

Indonesia, in respect of out-of-control halal rorting, is strangely well ahead of Australia in tackling the problem. It’s time for Australia to catch up.


On 24 February last year, Jakarta’s “Tempo” magazine reported on wide-spread allegations of corruption in halal certification. 

Tempo reported: (excerpts)

“Corruption, it seems, knows no bounds of time or place. Even when it comes to halal labels - which guarantee foods contain nothing that is haram, or forbidden for religious reasons - has now become a target for manipulation.

“The certificates should be issued free of charge to avoid causing problems for companies and consumers alike. In practice, however, producers are made to pay for the costs of testing food and drink products, and there is no transparency over the tariffs charged. This has led to an ironic situation: halal certificates are issued through a haram process.

“The MUI works with certification organisations in several nations. And it is here the opportunity for abuses emerges.

“Because of such bribery, the performance of the halal-label issuing companies has never been audited.

“One of the ongoing debates concerns whether certification should be voluntary or obligatory. The Indonesian Association of Food and Beverage Companies is of the view that applying halal labels is a burden on the industry. 

"The MUI Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Research Agency has set an administration fee of Rp6 million per product, but in practice there are other costs which are unclear and which can run to tens of millions of rupiah. As a result, not only will consumers pay more, the competitiveness between local products is affected.

“These indications of abuse must be followed up. The MUI must explain where funds from issuing halal certification have gone. This non-government organisation, which gets some funding from the State Budget and which manages public funds from halal certification, must be made more transparent through an audit by the Supreme Audit Agency.

“Far-reaching measures are needed to deal with this problem. The Indonesian Consumers Association once proposed that halal labels be replaced with non-halal certificates. In other words, rather than labelling food as halal, haram food should be separated from halal food. 

“This concept is based on the simple assumption that most food in Indonesia is processed according to halal procedures anyway, and uses ingredients that are not haram. 

"Products that are not halal, such as those containing pork or alcohol, would have to be labelled accordingly. This method would be more practical, less complicated and infinitely less costly.

"Mohamed El Mouelhy, (he just keeps popping up) so called president of the Sydney-based Halal Certification Authority told Tempo."It's common knowledge in Australia that in order to get authorisation you have to bribe MUI officials." (end excerpts) 

El-Mouelhy said that his “organisation” and six other Australian “institutions” had together paid $A28,000 to MUI officials in 2006, of which "the largest share" went to MUI Chairman at the time, Amidhan Shanerah. 

El Mouelhy however did not receive authorisation in return so his accusations may be somewhat skewed as a result of his belief that he was dudded. 

Australian Halal Food Services (AHFS), a Melbourne-based business, told Tempo they paid bribes to senior MUI officials to renew their licences to certify abattoirs as halal. 

These bribes ranged from $A3000 to $A10,000 and were put directly in the bank account of Amidhan Shanerah.

MUI angrily responded via Tempo in these terms: 

In March last year, the current Chairman of MUI, Muhammad Sirajuddin Syamsuddin stated that the MUI recognises dozens of halal certifiers in Australia. In fact, there was only one who failed the test and that was none other than Mohamed El-Mouelhy.

The halal certification company owned by this Mouelhy man was disqualified in 2006 because he had no scientific involvement in his business, and no Islamic law experience, even though he claimed to be an expert himself because he was Egyptian. 

But the MUI claims there must be at least two people involved, one Islamic law expert and one Islamic scientist.

Director of meat processors JBS Australia, John Berry, told Tempo the high cost of halal certification was limiting business and was concerning to Australian meat exporters who deal with Indonesia.
(end response)

These explosive accusations have sparked an outcry among Indonesians who slammed the MUI monopoly of the halal industry deeming its conduct as ‘haram’.

“Heart and conduct must be halal too,” tweeted Rudy, an angry Indonesian.
Others responded:
@bloomer22 :
"halal certificates are issued through haram process". if it's true then shame on you, MUI !* 
“Basically it's like you can sell Allah's rules to the highest bidder.”
@ryan_triana :
“this is disgusting, how can a religious institution betray their own beliefs??”
“it's the power of money..!!!”
Fascinating investigation on this Halal labelling scam. Indo Islamic council taking bribes for certification.

The Jakarta Post, Indonesia's leading English-language daily, followed up with this:

Editorial: “Halal and Transparency”
Sat, March 01 2014 (excerpts)

“For decades the stench of the lucrative 'business' behind halal certification has been more than apparent to the public, but suspicions have drifted with the passing winds.

“That is until a “halal for cash” story, allegedly involving the Indonesian MUI, was picked up by Tempo magazine. 

“The MUI brings together Muslim figures from various Islamic organisations whose integrity and knowledge about Islam is beyond question. 

“Therefore, it has been taken for granted that everything the MUI did was for the good of the ummah (the Muslim community). 

“Tempo quoted Mohamed El Mouelhy, (there’s that man again) admitting to having spent $A28,000 on airfares, hotel and lodging and travel allowances when he arranged the visit of MUI officials, including chairman Amidhan Shanerah. 

“Amidhan Shanerah branded El Mouelhy’s remarks as libellous, saying his trip was covered by the Indonesian Government.

“The struggle for power has intensified not only because of the “halal for cash” report but also, and more importantly, because of the Government’s bid to control halal certification. 

“As certified products are for public consumption, a strict control mechanism is imperative. Under the existing arrangement, no-one dares to exercise oversight of the MUI.” (end editorial)

While Indonesia is attempting to tackle halal certification corruption in its own country, Australia turns a blind eye, allowing an open slather, for fear meat exports may be affected. 

But, aside from meat, corrupted practices right here in Australia are deleteriously affecting all of Australia’s domestic consumers. 



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What really died at Auschwitz?

Here's an real perspective and a very good short read:

The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on January 15, 2011. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world.

The following article was published in a Spanish Newspaper in 2011:

"European Life Died In Auschwitz"
By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

"I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity, ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by a miserable Europe!

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.' Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Please be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this message around the world.

Who will be next...Italy....Portugal.....Holland.....France...........South Africa .......Australia......New Zealand and how many years will it be before the attack on the ‘World Trade Centre 'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States? If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, we sincerely invite them to pack up and move to Iran, Iraq, Syria or some other Muslim country.

Dear Friend,

The Government will strengthen the foreign investment rules for residential real estate and agriculture.

Today, the Prime Minister and I released a paper ( Party E-news&utm_campaign=df70e5be2a-ForeignInvestment_25_02_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51af948dc8-df70e5be2a-57652189) outlining options to strengthen the foreign investment framework, so that everyone can have confidence that it is in our national interest.

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Joe Hockey

check out: Leggo's Pasta sauces, they all carry the halal certification, however the Bolognese Bacon does not carry the halal cert for obvious reasons. It is not likely that leggo's has a separate production line for the sauce containing bacon, so again the consumer is being deceived. The sauces are either all halal or not, it seems that is not relevant as long as the certification fees are paid.

Went into Woolies to get my chocy fix. Cadburys all on sale - about 4 shelves of them. Picked up one of the new Lindt range and waved to Cadburys.

It is clear that Indonesians are not as gullible or PC as the idiots in charge of this country are.

Rothschild financed petro-dollars in the coffers of the Saudi family

The 'House' of Saud — no more Islamic than Billy Graham
......In The Two Faces of Islam, Stephen Schwartz writes, "Their tastes led them to taverns, casinos, brothels ... They bought fleets of automobiles, private jets, and yachts the size of warships. They invested in valuable Western art they did not understand or like and which often offended the sensitivities of Wahhabi clerics. They spent as they wished, becoming patrons of international sexual enslavement and the exploitation of children." The result has been that, in order to nonetheless appear to be espousing Islam, the Saudi regime and its puppet scholars have evolved a version of Islam that emphasizes ceremonial details of the religion, at the expense of helping to understand broader political realities. Their manner has encouraged a literal interpretation of Islamic law, permitting the likes of bin Laden to exploit the Koran to justify the killing of innocents.
Ultimately, the profusion of Rothschild financed petro-dollars in the coffers of the Saudi family has made it possible for them to propagandize their bastardized version of Islam to other parts of the world, most notably to America, where they purportedly subsidize up to 80 percent of the mosques in the country, a version of Islam that substitutes political awareness for dogmatic insistence on ritualistic fanaticism.

In 1999 King Fahd of Saudi Arabia attended the Bilderberg meeting, presumably to discuss his role in furthering the interests of world government, along with other such luminaries as Yasser Arafat and the Pope. Evidently, the Saudi family are part of the deceptive ploys of the Illuminati network. Their complicity in the accumulation of petro-dollars has gone into the financing of global terrorism, from Afghanistan to Bosnia, merely for the purpose of fomenting the necessary animosity of the world against Islam.

You must be what you've exposed DB.

You may be what you've exposed DB.

18 hours ago on the milne post

We should get back to Peta where Boynes can't find us.

Definately not if they came out of your cooch stall.

This is my submission just now to Abbotts office, with reference to his reply to my prior submission.Hello PM.
In your response letter to me about my disagreement with halal fees being enforced upon me, you stated that in Australia I had the right to Religious Freedom of choice.
As I am having islamic sharia halal fees forced upon me, I am therefore having islamic religion FORCED UPON ME upon my dining table in my food, on my toast and in womens stocking as well!!! This stinks, I do not agree with it, and do not support islam in my country. That you believe my being forced into paying islamic halal fees to be able to eat is called RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, shows me what nincompoops you people are when it comes to figuring the facts and reality out. You do not support me or other Australians. You allow islam to force itself upon us country wide. I am disappointed in you and your response and now realise what whackos even the better side of politics employs. Go figure it out. And enjoy the islamic supporting and enforced fees you will be paying on tonight's dinner, which no doubt will be fully taxpayer funded as well. Not bad for a good catholic boy hey, being forced to pay an islamic fee to eat his meals! You'll pay for it at the election for sure, if you don't back Aussies up on this. No point in replying. I now know just what it will contain.

Jesus, I hate it when people name their gut after me. It's my worst nightmare. Now fuck off.

Harry, it's the gut. I can handle most imperfections because I have a good imagination and you gather thoughts during the day which you hold, but the gut. There's no getting away from it. Definitely not a gut man. I like a six pack on a woman. Like on a commercial for Gym equipment. You know, the guy and girl have 6 packs.

Concentrate Harry. We were discussing Peta not pussy.

Aren't you too old for this sort of thing Diane? It's not as if you're attractive either. The gut.....lose the gut!

note that Cadbury's easter products do not carry the halal logo and yet the products are made from the same basic ingredients, now someone is being had a lend of in this saga.

From Tony Abbotts office yesterday. They don't give a shit about halal fees. Reckon its simply commerce and none of their business. The govt doesn't care if we fund islam. I cant copy and paste the letter as they block that facility.

no Hadenuff I meant here here. Now go and change the babies nappies theres a good dear. On the SU25 - there has been that much evidence put up on this weapon here, over and over - that all your question proves is you are a bloody git, who has wound the tea towel too tightly around your head and obviously you are starved of oxygen. given what has been dished up to you (proof of what weapon and how it can be used) you do not deserve an answer. You are just being contrary and stupid.