NST (Local) Published 28 May
Six months after its launch 15999 Childline, the country’s first 24-hour dedicated helpline for children, appears to be living up to its promise as an avenue for young people to seek help and emotional support. Since its launch last November, Childline Malaysia has been receiving an average of 17 calls a day from children as young as 4 years old. At least 44 per cent of the 3,243 calls it has received until May 15 this year have been calls from children seeking emotional support for various psychosocial and mental health problems. A number of children who called also suffer from emotional negligence, stress, depression, lack of identity or purpose in life, lack self –confidence, have low self-esteem, have phobias or are even suicidal. Childline Malaysia is a non-profit project set up to establish 15999 Childline in collaboration with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, with the support of Unicef Malaysia, Child Helpline International, Malaysian Children TV Programme Foundation (MCTF), NGOs and corporations.
The Star (Nation) Published 5 June 2011
Five areas measuring a total of 338 hectares in Melaka were declared as smoke-free zones starts from June 15. The areas include Malacca world heritage city, Melaka Raya, Malacca International Trade Centre, Alor Gajah and Jasin town centres. Anyone caught smoking in any of the zone could be fined the usual RM 300 although the maximum compound can be up to RM5, 000. The ministry had also listed out 21 areas as non-smoking areas in hospital, in public transport, educational institutional, shopping malls and stadiums.
The Star (National) Published 5 June
According to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, more food items from Taiwan had been confirmed to be carcinogenic. And Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan had informed the ministry on Friday that these items had been exported to Malaysia. The products are Good Young Co Ltd’s “Black Tea”, Kakawa Enterprise’s “ Lemon Juice Power A” and various jellies from Triko Foods Co Ltd “ Fruity Jelly/Assorted (210g,525g, and 1260g). “ Bear Fruity Jelly Brown (580g), “Bear Fruity Jelly Pink” (580g), “Fruity jelly N.C.” (9.08kg) and “Fruity Jelly Bear” (9.08kg).
The items contain the carcinogens di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), which are usually used in the production of plastic. For more information, call the Food Safety and Quality Division or ministry at 03-8883 3652/3653 or visit moh.gov.my or fsq.moh.gov.my
NST (Local) Published 7 June
The Health Ministry cleared another 10 food products imported from Taiwan as safe for consumption. The public has been advised need not worry as the situation was being monitored closely by the government. Besides that, the full list of tested and banned food products would be published on the ministry’s profile soon. Consumer could also call the ministry’s Safety and Food Quality Division at 03-88833652 or 03-88833653, or visit moh.gov.my or fsq.moh.gov.my for more information.
On the other hand, the 10 items cleared were earlier suspected to have been contaminated by excessive amounts of plasticizer, di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP). Plasticiser is a chemical agent used in plastic manufacturing to give it flexibility, and it can be transferred into food during the manufacturing process, packaging and storage. DEHP is suspected to contain carcinogen, substances, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.
The Star (Nation) Published 7 June
Food products from Taiwan are just one level short of being rejected by the Health Minister, as the number of contaminated items rise. Stringent tests were conducted on products under the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FoSIM), which had five levels of testing before a product is banned from the country. Food Safety and Quality Division officers will continue testing the products. Those that fail the tests will be sent back to exporters and disposed of in its country of origin.
NST (Local) Published 8 June
Only 14 drunks and jellies from five Taiwanese producers have so far been found to be tainted with plasticizer based on Taiwan Food and Drug Administration notification. The tainted food items were Fruity Jelly/Assorted, which comes in three different packaging of 210g, 525g and 1260g, Bear Fruity Jelly Brown (580g), Bear Fruity Jelly Pink (580g), Fruity Jelly N.C. (9.08kg) and Fruity Jelly Bear (9.08kg) by Triko Foods Co Ltd.
The contaminated drinks items are Uni-President Asparagus Juice with an expiry date before May 2012 by Uni-President Enterprises Corp; Black Tea by Good Young Co. Ltd; Lemon Juice Power A by Kakawa Enterprise Co. Ltd; Sunkist Lemon Juice, Sunkist Lemon Juice Drink with Aloe Vera, Sunkist Orange Juice and Sunkist Orange Juice Drink by Country House Inc and exported to Malaysia by Sunlight Foods Corp.
Consumers are advised to refer to daily updates on the MOH website http://moh.gov.my, or http://fsq.moh.gov.my, or call 03- 88833652 or 03-88833653 for clarification.
The Star (Nation) Published 9 June
Two more food items from Taiwan have been recalled after similar products being imported by Hong Kong were suspected of being carcinogenic. And it is believe that these items had been exported to Malaysia. Cosway Malaysia Sdn Bhd already recalled the suspected items immediately. The items suspected of being tainted with di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) include Oriyen Nutri Grow (boy) Orange Drink Premix (330g) and Oriyen Nutri Grow (girl) Cranberry Drink Premix (330g) with an expiry date on Aug 13, 2013. All distributors under Cosway Malaysia Sdn Bhd are advised to cease sales of the products and users that have purchased the products are advised not to consume them.
Another nine food products from Taiwan suspected of being tainted with DEHP had been analysed and found not to contain the chemical. The items include apple juice, guava juice, grape juice and carambola juice by Uni-President and Frugurt Assorted Flavors, Fibrous Jelly White Peach Flavour, Fibrous Jelly Mango Flavor, Fibrous Jelly Grape Flavour and Squez’n Bites by New Choice.
The Star (Nation) Published 10 June
Malaysians can afford to eat less because they are either overeating or wasting food, throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. And this number does not even include leftover food. This is equivalent to us throwing away 93,000 10kgs bags of rice each day. People were advised to change or adapt their eating habits in the light of rising prices and a looming food shortage since the country already experiencing a food crisis. According to Health Ministry statistics, 30% of Malaysians are obese while another 30% are overweight.
The Star (Nation) Published 10 June
Medical graduates from recognized universities will not have to sit for a common examination before practicing in Malaysia. However, they would still be required to complete two years of housemanship. The ministry had decided not to amend the Medical Act 1971 requiring all medical graduates to sit for a common examination. The graduates from unrecognized universities would be required to sit for the examination, and the MOHE advised students and parents against taking up courses offered by these institutions. Students can go to the Higher Education Ministry and the Public Service Department website for the full list of recognized universities.
The Star (Nation) Published 10 June
About 20,000 or 3% of all babies born in Malaysia every year have some form of disability, including rare disorders, but there is no data bank with details about their condition. The Health Minister should set up a central registry with details about patients with rare disorders and ensure that the details were kept strictly confidential to cope with this issue. A medical investigation can be launched if sufficient data on those with rare disorders in order to help less fortunate people.