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

Professor Dr. Tilakavati KarupaiahProfessor Dr. Tilakavati Karupaiah

Professor & Head of Dietetics Program

School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Phone: +60392897245, mobile (hp)+60192731400  /

Module Status (as of 01/17) Outputs
Public Sector (Food EPI)
  • Food-EPI Expert Rating (FEER) Workshop conducted on 11th April 2017.
  • Prioritisation completed by the Experts in June 2017.
  • Technical Report for Food-EPI is completed in the 1st week of August 2017. Country clearance is required for results dissemination.– Verification of statements prepared by researchers prior to official dissemination to expert panel by the Ministry of Health and other related Ministries.
  • Planning to conduct Food-EPI Expert Rating (FEER) Workshop in early April 2017.
Private Sector
  • The IDRC Midterm Training Workshop to cover private sector assessment on 7-8thAugust 2017. Dr. Gary Sacks is will be the Lead Faculty to provide training on private sector assessment (Business Impact Assessment (BIA) – Obesity; Corporate Political Activities). Representatives from Vietnam (n=3) and Thailand (n=1) will attend the training workshop in Malaysia.
  • Malaysia team will initiate data collection for the 2nd phase on the private sector per the protocols discussed with Gary in September 2017.  Planning (to be conducted assecond phase of the IDRC project once Food-EPI completed)
Food Composition Not planning to be conducted at the moment nil
Food Labelling Not planning to be conducted at the moment nil
Food Promotion
  • Television: data collection completed
  • Social media/Facebook/ Sports sponsorship/ Magazines/ Internet/ Outdoor advertising: Not planning to be conducted at the moment
  • Contributed a dataset for TV food advertising classified using WHO Nutrient Profiling Scheme for a multi-countries comparison. 1,2
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
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