Halal ready-to-eat relief for Rohingya refugees

By Lester Wan contact

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Halal ready-to-eat meals from Brunei will be delivered to thousands of Rohingya refugees. ©SaahtainAsia
Halal ready-to-eat meals from Brunei will be delivered to thousands of Rohingya refugees. ©SaahtainAsia

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Halal ready-to-eat meals from Brunei Darussalam are providing vital nutrition for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh.

The halal ready-to-eat meals were manufactured in Brunei by Saahtain Asia Sdn Bhd, under its humanitarian food relief brand Tayyib, and are known as Halal MRE (Meals Ready-to-Eat).

They will be delivered to Cox's Bazar, a city in southern Bangladesh, where most of the Rohingya refugees are staying in camps.

Most aid for the refugees usually comes in the form of dry foods such as pulses and rice. However, for people caught in severe situations, such as the Rohingya, it is difficult to obtain clean water and other necessities to cook them.

"Imagine that you are sitting in a makeshift shelter with these dry rations in front of you. How are you going to cook?" ​said Adeel Khan, CEO of Saahtain Group.

He added that the absence of halal food relief globally makes it next to impossible to get decent halal food to Muslims who are caught up in man-made or natural disasters.

The halal MREs do not require any cooking and will be a boon to the refugees in Cox's Bazar, who are not only lacking in food, shelter and other necessities but also experiencing a cold wave.

According to Saahtain Asia, all the meals consist of 100% natural ingredients and are highly nutritional, and the halal MRE packs can even be air-dropped.

The company's methods of preserving cooked meals have been used in other global crisis situations such as in the Gaza conflict, the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, and the feeding of orphans in Ghana.

Saahtain Asia has also supported other charities and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives globally with its clients, including HSBC, Citibank and PepsiCo.

Saahtain claims to be the only producer of ready-to-eat halal meals in Brunei and provides over 90 types of international foods for its ready-to-eat meals, many of which have a three-year shelf life.

In addition to Tayyib, Saahtain has also launched its halal MREs online for Muslim travellers, called AlGourmet.

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