60 Sabah restaurants in MR1M programme
Posted on June 29, 2012, Friday
KENINGAU: Sixty restaurants in the state are among the 1,300 eateries in the country participating in the 1Malaysia People’s Menu (MR1M) programme.
Assistant Rural Development Minister Datuk Haji Sairin Karno said MR1M was to ensure that consumers were protected from excessive sugar intake.
“I hope more food operators will participate in this programme and increase the level of health,” he said when launching the Less Sugar Spend Less Campaign and MR1M at Rahmat Restaurant here yesterday.
Sairin said unbalanced diet, particularly the consumption of fast food and eating often in restaurants, also contributed to the deteriorating health of today’s society.
“Aware of this, the government through the ministry and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and food operators, organised a campaign to reduce sugar intake and MR1M.
“Through this campaign, we hope not only to save (money), but also to monitor the income we have,” he said.
Sairin, who is also Liawan assemblyman, called on consumers to cut down on sugar in drinks and food to ensure a healthy life.
Meanwhile, he said MR1M is a smart government agenda to reduce the cost of consumer spending by offering a breakfast package at a price not exceeding RM2.50 with drinks, and lunch at a price not exceeding RM5 and drink.
“All premises participating in the MR1M programme can reduce sugar in drinks by offering a MR1M package containing less sugar.
“This will indirectly help reduce the burden on consumers by offering low prices and at the same time promote a healthy lifestyle by reducing their sugar intake,” he said.
Sairin added the programme launched yesterday was not to control restaurant operators but more on corporate social responsibility to their customers.
He said restaurant operators who are interested in this programme can be registered with the ministry for free.