It was the first day of Ramadan today and the Dendengs sold in Geylang Bazaar are attracting all the unnecessary attention.
For the uninitiated, Dendengs are similar to the Chinese Bak Kwa which is popular during Chinese New Year, the only difference is that Dendengs are made from halal certified beef.
People go ga-ga over Dendengs because it is savoury and more importantly because it is halal – all the other versions in Singapore are mostly non-halal. Dendengs are also only widely available during Ramadan, which makes them quite special for the crowd. Additionally, Dendengs are also only widely available during Ramadan, which makes them quite a treat for the crowd.
News about the non-halal Dendengs went viral on social media sites such as Facebook and WhatsApp on the first day of Ramadan this year.
We posted a screenshot of the text below:
The text cautioned the public when buying some of the Dendengs sold in Geylang Bazaar because allegedly, some of it could be non-halal.
It was convincing because there was this picture which accompanied the text.
In it, you can see the word halal being deliberately covered in green tape (highlighted in red)
Berita Mediacorp has reported that at least one person has lodged a complaint with MUIS.
Distributor of the product, Deng Deng House (DDHS) is certified halal by MUIS but it is unclear if the stall owner bought the meat from this distributor.
MUIS has since launched an investigation into the incident and will furnish the details when ready.
Their advice: Avoid it if you are worried about its permissibility.