Sugar tax may re­duce di­a­betes rate — doc­tor

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KOTA KIN­A­BALU: The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sugar tax may pave the way for the re­duc­tion of di­a­betes rate in the coun­try.

As di­a­betes re­mains to be a grow­ing con­cern among Malaysians, the Sabah Health De­part­ment wel­comed the sugar tax im­ple­men­ta­tion and ex­pressed its hope that the tax would re­duce sugar con­sump­tion among Malaysians.

“With the new sugar tax that will be en­forced next year, we are hope­ful that it will help prevent di­a­betes from es­ca­lat­ing,” said Chief As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Sabah Health De­part­ment Non Con­ta­gious Dis­ease Con­trol Unit, Dr Nir­mal Kaur.

Speak­ing at the 2018 World Di­a­betes Day cel­e­bra­tion open­ing yes­ter­day, Nir­mala dis­closed that, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health Mor­bid­ity Sur­vey (NHMS) data, among adults aged 18 and above, 17.5 per cent within the es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple have di­a­betes in which 8.3 per cent was di­ag­nosed to have the dis­ease while 9.2 per cent was un­di­ag­nosed.

Dur­ing the tabling of the 2019 Na­tional Bud­get, Fed­eral Fi­nance Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng an­nounced the sugar tax would be im­ple­mented on April 1 2019.

The ex­cise duty at 40 sen per litre would be in­tro­duced to two types of sug­ary drinks that are man­u­fac­tured in ready-to-drink pack­ag­ing.

It is un­der­stood that the tax will be im­ple­mented on bev­er­ages that con­tain sugar ex­ceed­ing five grams per 100ml as well as fruits and veg­etable juices con­tain­ing sugar more than 12grams per 100ml.

The de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing a study by the Health Min­istry, which found that nearly one in two Malaysians are ei­ther over­weight or obese.

“Over 425 mil­lion peo­ple are di­a­betic and by 2020, one in five adults is es­ti­mated to suf­fer from the dis­ease,” she added.

Yes­ter­day’s event was held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Di­a­betes Malaysia Sabah Branch aimed at rais­ing aware­ness on the im­pact of the dis­ease.

Among those present were Di­a­betes Malaysia Sabah Branch pres­i­dent Dr Tay Eong Beok, Fam­ily Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ist of Luyang Health Clinic Dr Shaki­rah Abd Mokti and UMS Con­sul­tant Pae­di­a­tri­cian Prof Dr Kew Seih Teck.

The bar­rels of diesel val­ued at RM29,212 seized by Ma­rine Op­er­a­tions Force near Pu­lau Sapi.

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