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Wednesday October 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 30, 2013 MYT 8:54:30 AM
GEORGE TOWN: Consumer groups are pressing for food outlets to have different prices for drinks with and without sugar.
Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohd Idris said sugarless drinks should be 10 sen cheaper.
“Many people are also doing away with sugar for health reasons, and this should be encouraged,” he added.
Fomca secretary-general Datuk Paul Selvaraj said it was only fair for consumers to pay less if they ordered drinks with less or no sugar.
“Lower prices for unsweetened drinks would also be a financial incentive to reduce sugar consumption,” he added.
Budget 2014 removed the sugar subsidy of 34 sen per kilo to reduce sugar consumption and the prevalence of diabetes among Malaysians.
In Petaling Jaya, consumers say it was unfair to charge them for something they did not order.
Engineer Goh Choon Kean, 28, said the price of drinks without sugar should be at least 20 sen less than sweetened beverages.
“If I save enough on beverages, I can have another meal or spend extra on petrol,” he said.
University student Ong Chyi Ann, 20, said reducing the price of beverages by 30 sen per drink would make a difference in her expenses, adding that she came from a family of low-income earners.
Student Chang Kwok Fai, 21, felt that some traders were taking advantage of the sugar subsidy cut.
IT executive Aldrin Kau, 26, does not think that food operators will lower prices for sugarless drinks.
“If they are not required to, they won’t,” he said.
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