I had just read an article in TheSun while having breakfast this morning on how the companies involved in the Kedai Rakyat 1 Malaysia (KR1M) scandal are getting off scot free. I almost spit out my Milo panas kurang manis as I was reading the article.
As quoted by the article,
…the decision not to charge KR1M has riled the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca), whose president Datuk Marimuthu Nadason berated the ministry for its lack of action. “Shame on the Health Ministry for not taking firm action. The law is the law. There can be no double-standards (in this matter). Our food regulations are some of the best in Asia but if they look good only on paper, without implementation, you might as well disregard them,” he said.
The issue is not just that of a simple mislabelling – at the very least it is a gross misrepresentation and possibly even bordering on fraud with very real consequences.
How about the E-coli? I don’t see how the Ministry of Health can sit quiet on this matter. It’s the lives of our children that are in danger.
…the Health Ministry ordered 13 KR1M branded products – fresh milk, sweetened condensed creamer, condensed milk, oyster-flavoured sauce, fruit jam, canned chicken curry, mango cordial, ghee compounds, peanuts, peanut butter and sardines – removed from the shelves for relabelling. It also confirmed that the KR1M fresh milk tested positive for E. coli bacteria contamination, a strain of bacteria which cause food poisoning.
My biggest bug with this issue is that the 1Malaysia brand is being brought to disrepute by dishonest businessmen. Things are made worse by the fact that these stores are subsidised by the tax-payer. I would have thought that the government would have found someone more ethical and responsible to run their flagship stores.