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Saturday August 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday August 31, 2013 MYT 7:20:37 AM
by yuen meikeng, loshana k. shagar, AND priya kulasagaran
PETALING JAYA: The company selling supposed “smart pills” to school children was doing it with fake support letters.
Both the product classification letter, purportedly issued by the Health Ministry, and the letters of endorsement from the Malaysian Federation of the Council of Headmasters (GMGBM) are fake.
The ministry said its Food Safety and Quality Division did not issue such a document, and had lodged a police report over the matter.
Negri Sembilan-based Glomind Enterprise Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Dimensi 108, had allegedly displayed the ministry’s certification letter on its blog site, said the ministry.
The letter classifies the pills as “non-medicine” and it does not come under drug control authorities.
“The ministry has yet to receive any application by the company for product classification or label inspection for this product,” said Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Also, he noted that the Dimensi 108 claim of being able to “alter behaviour” went against Rule 18(1A) of the Food Regulations Act.
The company claims that the pills can make children behave better, be more obedient and be more resistant to illnesses, as well as make them smarter.
On Thursday, The Star reported on its front page that schools in several states were promoting Dimensi 108 to Year Six pupils, supposedly to help them do well in the coming UPSR examination.
GMGBM chairman Ruslan Madon urged schools to exercise caution in purchasing the products.
“We have not signed any memorandum of understanding or agreement with any company to sell their products in schools.
“If schools engage with such companies, this is done in their own private capacity – even then, they have to go through the required procedures to do so.
“As far as the council is concerned, we have not and will never endorse or promote the sale of any product in schools,” he said.
The packaging of the pills display a logo similar to that of the GMGBM, and the pill distributor’s website further contain supposed letters of endorsement bearing the council’s letterhead.
Ruslan said these letters were fake, and was unaware of whether any council members had personal dealings or ties to the company involved.
“They gave a talk about the supposed benefits of the tablets during the National Headmasters Conven-tion in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in June, and subsequently approached us for our support.
“We told them we will not issue letters of support for their product and that they are not allowed to use our name or logo in their promotional materials.
“Imagine my shock when I read that this company was using the council – and even my name,” he said.
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