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ICYMI: Dr. M To Make M’sians Less Fat By Making Soft Drinks More Expensive

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Dr. M To Make M’sians Less Fat By Making Soft Drinks More Expensive

This week, a report surfaced revealing that the government was in serious discussion to implement a tax on soda drinks to encourage Malaysians to live healthier lifestyles.

Speaking on the topic officially, Prime Minister Mahathir said, “The diabetes rate in Malaysia is very high because we take too much sugar.”

“What we find is that some people drinking six to seven of bottled drinks. That is not necessary. You can drink water. If you drink bottled (sugary beverages), there is a lot of sugar in it,” he added. “We want to reduce the consumption of sugar.”

Such a move has already been encouraged by the World Health Organisation, and has already been implemented in countries such as France and the UK.

Iylia Aziz
Soda isn’t the f*cking problem. If you want to solve diabetes, you better take a look at our local food. If this is the case, then the government should just tax everything lah! (Please don’t, I broke AF).
Justin Lee
Certain people might say that it will not be effective but at least the government is doing something to curb this problem. Personally, I think that it would discourage people from sugar intake.
Dale John Wong
I wonder if this will end up causing more problems that it’ll solve. If you think about how many businesses rely on soft drink sales, introducing a simple tax could result in price hikes everywhere.
Venxhin Pang
They said the same thing for alcohol and cigarettes. Did people actually stop drinking or smoking because of the cost, or if they cut other things out of their lifestyles to accommodate?
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Loob and La Kaffa Reach Settlement Out Of Court

In a breaking development, the La Kaffa vs. Loob Holding saga reached a conclusion today with both parties announcing an out-of-court settlement, effectively ending a legal battle that has been ongoing since December 2016.

In a joint press statement, both Loob Holding and La Kaffa said that they had reached an agreement to withdraw all legal proceedings from the Malaysian courts as well as the arbitration court in Singapore. No further details were revealed.

Iylia Aziz
YASS! Sure, not everyone was honest throughout this whole dispute but all’s fair in business and war. In the end, good delicious tea always lives.

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90 New Family Marts Set To Open In M’sia By March 2019

QL Resources, the master franchisee of Family Mart convenience stores, revealed this week their plan to open up 90 more outlets by the financial year ending March 2019. This comes as part of their objective to open up 300 stores within 5 years.

After just over a year of opening in Malaysia, Family Mart now operates 59 stores in the Klang Valley, with over RM30 million already invested into the first 39 stores.

Justin Lee
In Japan, Family Mart is at every street corner and some of those stores are twice as big as ours! I can’t wait for Family Mart to be in every corner of the neighbourhood, gonna get all my Chicken Karaage!

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