THE SALE of soft drinks in packets resembling smoking pipes in school canteens have irked the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP), reported Malaysia Nanban and Tamil Nesan yesterday.
The newspapers said CAP found in a recent survey that the soft drinks, sold at 20 sen each, were sold at many school canteens and popular among the pupils.
The dailies quoted CAP president S. M. Idris as saying such packaging could instil the wrong ideas in the minds of school children and encourage them to smoke.
Idris was also quoted as saying the manufacturer claimed the content of the soft drink was 100% sugar.
This would contribute to the increase of diabetes cases in the country, Idris said.
He added that there is an estimated 1.6 million Malaysians suffering from diabetes, many of whom are dependent on insulin for the rest of their lives.
Malaysia Nanban also carried an interview with two youths who won an international award in a cake-designing contest in Dublin, Ireland recently.
S. Devandrakumar from Petaling Jaya and S. Velan from Shah Alam won the gold medal in the contest, which attracted about 2,000 participants from 40 countries.
They won for designing a cake depicting a historical church.
They are now gearing up to enter the Olympic cake-designing contest in Germany next year.
Both Malaysia Nanban and Tamil Nesan also front-paged the statement by MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam that he would defend his present post in the next party elections and give his support to incumbent party chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to defend his presidency.
Nominations for the party president’s post will be on March 8 and voting will be held on March 30 if there is a contest.
The MIC general assembly, which would be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, would be held on May 10 and 11.