As reported in the Malaysia latest news about obesity among school children in Malaysia, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said there will be no ban or restrictions on food sold in school canteens. Interestingly, processed food like nugget and burger would not banned.
Instead, they would just implement canteen food guidelines focusing on calories contained in each food item to educate pupils on eating right in school and at home.
According to Dr Wee, they want to educate the school children, rather than enforce them. Wee added students could check out the menu and decide what they should, and should not, eat.
And even Dietitians Association of Malaysia president Tan Yoke Hwa said she supports the Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong’s plan to not ban or restrict food items sold at canteens, but to instead allow students to determine their calorie-intake through a new canteen guideline.
Wow! What a brilliant idea. Alamak! Why didn’t they think of it in the first place? Just a simple calorie-counting chart and our smart Malaysian students will definitely refer to the calorie chart and they will eat accordingly.
They should have thought of it earlier, and not kena criticized by several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and parent-teacher associations, when they suggested the ruling to limit the sale of popular Malay dish nasi lemak in school canteens to once a week.
I am going to copy this original and effective Malaysian idea of fighting student obesity, and market it online. Yes, I’m sure I’m going to be one of those wealthy Malaysians who make money online soon, selling Calorie Charts.
Here is a food for thought: Personally I have only one word for both Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Tan Yoke Hwa. They are both WISE. They know how to handle the issue of obesity among school children in Malaysia, so tactfully or rather amicably; especially to allow the selling of nasi lemak in school canteen. Oh yes, for those who don’t know, the Malay word ‘lemak’ literally is translated as FAT.
Note: From I read, just a simple plate of nasi lemak (without the fried egg or fried chicken), it already has about 390kcal, 13g of fat and 58g of