Malaysians falling for quick fix

THEY had gone too far perhaps - peddling health supplements directly to pupils in primary schools.

That is how I felt when I read the “miracle pill” in The Star on Thursday.

The pill is supposed to make the kids obedient, smarter and help them do well in examinations, according to complaints by some concerned parents.

Those behind the pill with the brand name Dimensi 108 have also claimed to have gotten the endorsement from the Malaysian Federation of the Council of Headmasters.

I guess the authorities, especially the health and education ministries have to clear the air on this matter as soon as possible.

I would think most, if not all parents, are against the move by any quarter to peddle pills in such a manner.

Having said that, many adults can also be very vulnerable to any product which promises to make their kids smarter.

Actually there are so many catalogues and flyers on miracle supplements or health food to make money from people.

The rate and style of promoting such products in the country has reached an alarming level these days.

I was at my wit’s end trying to advise a friend to see an eye specialist after she complained to me of her failing eyesight recently.

She said she had double vision and a doctor had advised her to seek further treatment from an eye specialist and that the cost of laser treatment could come up to a few thousands of ringgit.

To save money, she told me that she had bought a spray to cure the problem, all she needed to do was to spray it into her eyes a few times a day.

Each bottle costs RM200 and she bought three bottles, she said, adding that it was a promotional price and there would be a price hike soon.

My 63-year-old friend also said the spray had other benefits like erasing wrinkles and making one look youthful again, before showing me a flyer featuring before and after shots of the faces of a few people who supposedly used the product.

These “ambassadors and ambassadress” of the product are anonymous and there is no way to verifying the claims.

That’s not all.

She said she also bought another three bottles of spray for cancer prevention at RM50 per bottle.

“This is promotional price and the actual price is RM249,” she added.

She said spraying it two inches below the navel a few times a day would prevent cancer of the uterus for women and prostrate cancer for men.

I think this is absolute nonsense and one does not need to be a doctor to know that there is no basis to such claims.

The modus operandi of the peddlers is invite the people for free dinners where they would promote their products.

My friend told me that she went to three such dinners in Ipoh and ended up buying the two types of spray.

She said she did not buy anything at the third dinner because the product, a multipurpose detoxifying spray, was too expensive and the promoter refused to give her a discount.

My friend insisted that it was a good product, saying there was a lot of toxins in her body that she needed to get rid of.

She mentioned the price of the third product but I could not remember.

But what I am sure is that the sales promoters were only after the guests’ money!

The sad thing is that they were not just losing their money.

It is very likely to cost them their health as well.

People’s quest for health, beauty and youthfulness have made them extremely vulnerable.

Over in Penang, another friend of mine told me about this “wonder soap” recently.

“It is an all-in-one soap.

“Just wash your face with it and there is no need to apply any other skincare products or sunblock.

‘Wash your hair with it and it can prevent hair loss,” she said, quoting her friend who is in her 50’s.

Each bar of soap is retailed at RM90 and they are sold in a box of four bars priced at RM360.

The claims of this “wonder soap” also sound illogical and ridiculous.

Well, this is a free market and I suppose the peddlers may not get into trouble as long as they do not peddle their goods to children in e primary schools.

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