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Business suffers at Green Delights after confusion over halal status

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On 27 February 2018, netizens posted photographs suggesting a halal stall located in Basement 2 of Westgate mall in Jurong East was selling pork belly rice.

The images were also widely circulated all over social media.

But the facts were untrue.

The pork belly dish is sold by 85 Redhill Teochew Fishball Noodle, next to the halal-certified Green Delights.

Confusion may have started because Green Delights’ halal logo was adjacent to the noodle stall’s poster promoting its dishes, including pork belly rice.

Madam Sakina Abdullah, 67, who works at Green Delights, told The New Paper its business was affected since the news became viral due to the widespread of the photos.

She said: “Our Muslim customers thought our stall sold pork and did not patronise us. But we don’t blame them.”

The noodle stall’s manager, Ms Mary Ong, 60, told TNP: “When we opened four years ago, the space beside us was vacant, so we could put up our menu without any problems.”

She said tenants need to seek the management’s approval before putting up posters. The stall removed the poster yesterday.

Mr James Chan, 75, a freelance trainer who was having lunch at Green Delights, felt the furore was uncalled for.

 “Though it is the same pillar, it is not misleading since that side of the pillar faces the public area. Unsure customers could have just checked with the stall.”

Green Delights co-owner Yu Shukai, 56, does not blame his neighbour for the misunderstanding and wants to move on.

“I hope this clarifies matters. It is not fair for my stall to be punished because of irresponsible netizens,” he said.

A check with MUIS also further confirmed that Green Delights is truly halal-certified.

The address in the screenshot also corresponds with the stall’s address in Westgate’s directory.

Additionally, a Facebook post from Cinta Halal Consults two months ago reaffirmed its halal status:

Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters. Please to share the latest eatery outlet being MUIS Halal…

Posted by Cinta Halal Consultants on Thursday, 28 December 2017

Despite netizens condemning the stall earlier on, tweets like the above serve to help Green Delights get its business back up and running.

Since 1 March 2018, the tweet has gotten close to 2,000 retweets and over 600 likes.

Hopefully, this tweet attempt will work and business will be as brisk again.

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