As reported in Malaysian news, it is confirmed KR1M (Kedai Rakyat Satu Malaysia) oyster sauce has violated food safety regulations. The oyster sauce did not pass the ministry’s test. Luckily, I haven’t buy anything stuff from KR1M yet.
This 1Malaysia branded oyster sauce sold at KR1M outlets nationwide, recorded a lower protein content than the requirement mandated by the Food Regulation 1985.
Earlier, Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua highlighted that according to the Food Act, oyster-flavoured sauces have to have a 1.8 percent minimum protein content but the 1Malaysia sauce only has 0.6 percent.
The Health Ministry has informed the Domestic Trade and Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to remove the product from the market.
Health minister Liow Tiong Lai told the press that the product must be recalled immediately.
As reported in Malaysiakini (Nov 14, 2011), Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob denied that products sold at KR1M were “inferior” in quality. He even defended that any comparison should be as a whole, taking into consideration weight, packaging and most importantly, quality.
The health minister Liow who is also Bentong MP, hit out at Pua for misleading the public. Liow claims that Pua is using the issue to gain political mileage.
Interestingly, Liow Tiong Lai said that Tony Pua should have gone to them with the samples and claims of problematic products. Don’t laugh, Liow Tiong Lai actually said that. To quote from The Star: “I would thank him if he had come to us and asked the ministry to verify the quality of the product. However, he chose to do it for his own political mileage”. Unquote. What are you talking, Mr Health Minister?
If not because of Tony Pua’s so-called allegations, we innocent Malaysians will still been fooled into buying inferior products from KR1M.
Remember, Kedai Rakyat Satu Malaysia was inspired by our beloved Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak on his concerns for the low income citizens located in the urban areas. To quote from KR1M’s site, “This is also in line with the slogan “Rakyat Didahulukan” (people first) which has been mooted by YAB Prime Minister himself.”
Anyway, whatever the Malaysia government claims, I sure any sensible Malaysian (including those low income folks) knows the true purpose of of setting up of KR1M. You can read more from Malaysiakini.