PETALING JAYA (Bernama): The Health Ministry's Food Safety and Quality Division has begun its investigation into the "smoke candy" that is reported to be sold freely in Sabah towns.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the ministry would work closely with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry on the matter.
He said it was appalling that the cigarette-like product was unscrupulously being sold and marketed to schoolchildren.
"We have observed the issue and will take immediate action. We cannot allow it," he told reporters after launching the Neuropsychiatry Masterclass 2019 programme here on Monday (July 22).
It was reported that parents were becoming concerned over the candy, which is rampantly sold in Papar, Kota Kinabalu and other areas in Sabah.
Asked about the origin of the candy, Dzulkefly said he had yet to receive a report about it.
On the latest air pollution incident in Pasir Gudang, the minister said eight students and a teacher were brought to the local health clinic yesterday after experiencing breathing difficulties.
"None were warded. Earlier in the day, they reported a foul and burning smell," he said.
The nine cases involved three males and six females from four schools, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tanjung Puteri Resort (three pupils), SK Kopok (two pupils), SK Taman Rinting 3 (two pupils, one teacher) and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Pasir Gudang 2 (one student).
He said the ministry was aware that Pasir Gudang has 2,500 factories with 250 being chemical plants. –Bernama