You need to pay more to be unhealthy.
Soon, it'll cost you a bit more to pop open a cold bottle of Coca Cola on a sweltering hot day.
According to a report by Malaysiakini
, the government is currently mulling the decision to impose tax on soda and soft drinks.
DAP lawmaker Tony Pua said during an interview with TV3's Buletin Utama
that the government is currently exploring the possibility of introducing new taxes to earn some extra revenue and to cover the RM19.4 billion shortfall in GST refund.
And taxing sugary drinks is one of them.
However, Pua assured Malaysians that the tax would not burden the low-income earners in the B40 group as "they don't need to drink Coca Cola".
Furthermore, imposing a soda tax would encourage Malaysians to live a healthier lifestyle, considering that Malaysia has the highest diabetes rate
At the moment, there's no timeline on when the government is looking to introduce the soda tax.
The government is currently scrutinising every taxation proposal to ensure that they can implement the best one for the people, Pua said.
The move to implement a soda tax has already gotten the approval from one other politician: Opposition member and former Youth And Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Hey, as long as they don't impose an ice cream or chocolate tax, we're good.