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Malaysia to impose new sugar tax on beverages

November 4, 2018

Malaysia will for the first time impose an excise tax of 40 sen per litre on sweetened beverages starting April 1, 2019.

This will be on beverages that contain sugar exceeding 5 grams per 100 mililiters, as well as juices that contain more than 12 grams per 100 mililiters, Finance Mnister Lim Guan Eng announced in his Budget 2019.

This new sugar tax is raising questions to local small beverages business.

Whether those homemade soy milk bottles selling in traditional coffee shop or hawker centre need to pay sugar tax?

Take for example,according to the new sugar tax rules, one bottle of 400ml soy milk will be subjected to 12 cents excise tax.

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