Revenue from the sugary drinks tax was supposed to fund the free school breakfast programme.
The Disease Control Division of the Ministry of Health and the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy organised a closed-door roundtable discussion with multi-sectoral stakeholders on 16 December 2019 to discuss diabetes in Malaysia.
“The release of this report gives us an opportunity to take stock, review and evaluate the successes and failures from implementation of this plan. We should know what investments worked, those that didn’t and respond to gaps in resources.”
The government needs to stand firm on any decision to review, regulate and plug loopholes or shortcomings in the existing tobacco control regulations, including banning e-cigarettes of any kind.
Fighting non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and obesity is a long game and requires vision, committed investments and political will to ensure that we are able to reap the results of a healthier people and nation.