Singaporeans have it rough. They live very high-stress lives, only care about making money, and then their country allows them no pleasure in life.
In addition to gum, vapes, shisha, and durians, the next thing to be banned on the island may be sugary drinks.
The Singaporean Ministry of Health has announced the city-state’s efforts to combat diabetes, which targets drinks with a high sugar content. Two initiatives will be implemented:
- A total ban on advertisements of drinks with very high sugar content
- Sugary drinks will be required to display a color-coded, front-of-pack nutrition label
Additionally, two other proposals are being discussed, including:
- An excise duty on all sugary drinks
- An outright ban on all high-sugar drinks
The Ministry of Health reached these proposals after a public consultation on how to reduce sugar intake. In Singapore, more than half of their daily sugar intake comes from sweet drinks.
It’s no wonder the Singapore-Johor Causeway is always jam-packed on the weekends with desperate Singaporeans trying to have a good time on our hedonistic peninsula.
Where else will they be able to speed down highways, chew gum, spit on the roads, gorge on durians, and drink their fill of cheap sugary drinks?
Even though Malaysia has a sugar tax of our own, it seems to have had minimal effect on the drinking habits of Malaysians.
Perhaps it’s time our Malaysian government consider stricter regulations on sugary drinks as well.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.