Country team for INFORMAS in Malaysia is lead by Professor Dr. Tilakavati Karuapaiah. Two process modules of INFORMAS (public and private sector) are been implemented in Malaysia into the first Malaysia survey on food environment policy to be benchmarked against international best practice.
The Malaysia team is supported by INFORMAS, Prof. Boyd Swinburn, Dr. Bridget Kelly and Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere in the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) project titled, “Mapping the implementation of priority food environment policies to tackle diet-related non-communicable diseases in South-East Asia: Comparison between three countries”. This is a multi-country study involving Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand, in collaboration. The local Malaysia team members include Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor and Ng See Hoe (William). William is the PhD student engaged in this project and he fulfils a major project objective, which is capacity building.
The data collection for public sector assessment began in August 2016, and completed by February 2017. We conducted the first Food-EPI Expert Rating Workshop on 11th April 2017 involving independent, non-government organisations (NGO), professional societies and academia as evaluators. The Technical report is been completed which will be disseminated to Government stakeholders, which includes the Prime Minister’s Office and key Government ministries and Agencies for action.
We are preparing for the next stage of data collection which covers the private sector. A Training workshop is been organised for 7-8th August for Vietnam and Malaysia teams. The Business Impact Assessment training will be lead by Dr Gary Sacks from INFORMAS
- People Involved
- Outputs Table
- Outputs (publications, reports, conference presentations)
|Module||Status (as of 01/17)||Outputs|
|Public Sector (Food EPI)||
|Food Composition||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Labelling||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Prices||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Retail||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Provision||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Trade & Investment||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 2017, Food-Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): Benchmarking of, and Priorities for, Food Environment Policy for the Malaysian Government, UKM Publisher: Bangi, Selangor.
- Ng SH, Kelly B, Se CH, Sahathevan S, Chinna K, Ismail MN, Karupaiah, T. Reading the mind of children in response to food advertising: A cross-sectional study of Malaysian schoolchildren’s attitudes towards food and beverages advertising on television. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15: 1047. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2392-z
- Ng H, Kelly B, Hee SC, Chinna K, Jamil SM, Shanthi K, Noor IM, Karupaiah T. Obesogenic television food advertising to children in Malaysia: Sociocultural variations. Journal of Global Health Action. 2014, 7: 25169, doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.25169
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.
- School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia.
- Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship for granting a PhD scholarship at University of Wollongong for Ng See Hoe (William).
- Early Start Research Institute, School of Health & Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia.