Consider tax on sugar, not just soda

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  • Monday, 12 Nov 2018

IF YOU visit any hospital today, you will find that most patients have diabetes. I think that is why the soda tax has been proposed.

It would be even better to tax all sugar instead of just sugary beverages.

Taxing sugar is not a new concept. The soda tax debated in Malaysia has already been imposed by other Asean countries.

It is great that Malaysia will impose an excise on soda starting from April 1, 2019. This is a great effort in combating the rise in overweightness and obesity in Malaysia, and to reduce sugar consumption and encourage healthy living, especially among teenagers.

But the soda tax is not enough. The government should also ban the selling of sweetened beverages in schools and hospitals. It is a great way to show the public that the government is serious about this.

Also, today younger people are getting diabetes due to increasing rates of obesity and being overweight. I believe that children will benefit the most from the soda tax.

But why pass only a soda tax? Is candy not just as bad for you? I hope the government would consider imposing tax on sugar, too.


Shah Alam

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