Sugar Tax Will Come Into Effect On 1 July But You Won't Have To Pay For It
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad announced yesterday, 8 April, that the sugar tax will not be imposed on the drinks ordered from restaurants and eateries
"There are no plans to extend the tax to eateries and restaurants offering sugary drinks," Dzulkefly was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
"We will look into that aspect, but not at the moment," he added.
The Health Minister made the announcement after launching the World Health Day celebration yesterday.
The tax, which will come into effect in July, will only be imposed on manufacturers for the time being
Carbonated drinks, flavoured drinks, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be subjected to the tax beginning 1 July
A tax of 40 sen per litre will be imposed on drinks containing sugar or sweeteners exceeding 5g per 100ml, and fruit and vegetable juices with a sugar content exceeding 12g per 100ml.
Free Malaysia Today reported that the sugar tax was postponed to July to allow manufacturers and the Customs Department time to make preparations.