‘Soda tax’ merely suggestion to increase revenue, Pua clarifies

‘Soda tax’ merely suggestion to increase revenue, Pua clarifies
Damansara MP Tony Pua speaks to reporters at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur August 16, 2018. ― Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Damansara MP Tony Pua has downplayed his remark over implementing a “soda tax” to encourage healthier lifestyles, saying it was merely one of the suggestions to increase government revenue.

The special officer to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said it was just his personal suggestion, adding that no concrete decision has been made yet by the government at this juncture.  

“It was just a suggestion. The government is currently considering all options in order to increase their revenue,” he told reporters at the Parliament here.

This follows reports quoting Pua saying in a TV3 talk show that such a tax would benefit the government, and would not affect the poor households as they do not need to drink soft drinks.

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