From July 1, a tax of 40 Malaysian sen (10 US cents) per litre will be levied on all packaged drinks that contain sugar and other sweeteners in levels exceeding 5g per 100 millilitres. Photo: Reuters
Thusitha de Silva
Opinion

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The View by Thusitha de Silva

Sugar tax and other punitive measures won’t help Malaysians become healthier

  • The Malaysian government is following in the footsteps of some of its Asean neighbours in introducing the tax, even when evidence of its effectiveness is far from definitive. Public health problems like obesity require a more nuanced policy

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From July 1, a tax of 40 Malaysian sen (10 US cents) per litre will be levied on all packaged drinks that contain sugar and other sweeteners in levels exceeding 5g per 100 millilitres. Photo: Reuters
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