KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday announced that the government will abolish the sugar subsidy of 34 sen effective today.
Najib, who is also the Finance Minister made the announcement when tabling the 2014 Budget in Dewan Rakyat. He said the move was to reduce the number of diabetics in the country as statistics showed that 2.6 million Malaysians under the age of 30 are suffering from diabetes.
“Based on statistics there are 2.6 million Malaysians under the age of 30 suffering from diabetes,” he said.
Najib said if left untreated, patients will face serious complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.
“I urge Malaysians to take care of their health and reduce sugar in your food and drinks,” he said. — Bernama