I’ve always thought that mineral water is, by definition, halal. I mean… can pure water be not halal? How can mineral water that is safe for consumption not be halal? Well… apparently not all water is created equal. And now a company in Malaysia, Lumin Spring International Group Sdn Bhd has launched a halal mineral water called… wait for it… Lumin Spring.
This amazing spring water is accredited to be halal. But it’s not clear from news reports which agency accredited the mineral water to be halal. But it’s definitely certified safe for consumption by the Health Ministry and Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim). Presumably Jakim was also the agency that gave Lumin Spring its halal accreditation.
According to the The Star, Lumin Spring is now the world’s first premium halal mineral water for a refined taste of wellness. Erm… what does that even mean? You mean the water tastes different from other types of water? Or drinking that water will somehow promote wellness? In what ways? How? By what mechanism? No mention at all.
But then again, we must realise that we in Singapore are extremely lucky. In a lot of countries, it’s really not safe to drink water straight from the tap. Unlike those countries, we are really fortunate that here in Singapore, it is perfectly safe for us to drink water straight from the tap.
That said, I am sure that good quality, safe to consume bottled water can be available for much cheaper than the RM6 (or SGD2) that Lumin Spring is priced at. I wouldn’t be surprised if you are paying more money for the “elegant” and gold-tinted water bottle that has environmentally-friendly features than the water itself. But apparently the company thinks that the halal accreditation would somehow help it open up a new market and more opportunities. Hmm….
I did a quick search of Lumin Spring International Group. It turns out that the company in Malaysia is a subsidiary. The parent company seems to be in China. Hmm… could this be a Chinaman scam? One can only wonder…