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Winai Dahlan: Advancing halal science

  • Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 8 2013   /  12:09 pm

JP/Yuliasri PerdaniWinai Dahlan paused and smiled as he saw the next slide of his presentation at the Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

His presentation was about the history and role of the Halal Center, which he initiated in 1995, but he had inserted another slide that was close to his heart.

The projector displayed the poster of Sang Pencerah (The Enlightener), a 2010 Indonesian box office movie centering on the life of Ahmad Dahlan, the founder of Muhammadiyah, the second largest Islamic organization in Indonesia.

“They are my grandfather and grandmother, Ahmad Dahlan and Nyai [Mrs] Ahmad Dahlan,” he said, pointing to the man bearing blangkon (Javanese headdress) and a veiled woman on the poster.

“This has no relation to the Halal Center. I just want you to know that we come from the same root,” he said before a handful of ...