Aussie Halal certifiers 'offer payment to Indonesians'
HALAL certifiers in Australia have offered tens of thousands of dollars to Indonesia's top halal authority - the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) - in apparent attempts to ensure greater access to the lucrative Indonesian market.
Former president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Ikebal Patel told Four Corners MUI officials had to be kept happy if Australian halal certifiers wanted to be granted the right to certify exports to Indonesia.
"Around the world if you wanted to get certification rights for Indonesia, you had to do what it takes, and when I was the president, I wasn't prepared to do that," he said.
The MUI said it did not charge fees for access to the Indonesian market
But in 2011, while Mr Patel was AFIC president, he wrote to the MUI offering $10,000 along with a 70:30 split of the profits, in exchange for halal certification rights.