Country team for INFORMAS in Malaysia is led by Professor Dr. Tilakavati Karupaiah at Taylor’s University. Two process modules of INFORMAS (public and private sector) is been implemented in Malaysia as part of the first national survey in Malaysia on food environment policy.
The Malaysia team is supported by module leaders from INFORMAS, Prof. Boyd Swinburn, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bridget Kelly and Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere, for an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) project titled, “Mapping the implementation of priority food environment policies to tackle diet-related noncommunicable diseases in South-East Asia: Comparison between three countries”. This is a multi-country study involving Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand, in collaboration with the INFORMAS. Ng See Hoe (William) is the PhD student/ Project Administrator for this project in Malaysia.
- The data collection for the public sector module started in August 2016 which was compiled into a report for the Food-EPI Expert Rating conducted on 11th April 2017 with expert participation from non-government organisations (NGO), professional societies and academia. Findings were disseminated at the ICN symposium in 2017 after obtaining country clearance and the Final Technical report launched on 23rd July 2018 by the Deputy Director-General of Health. The findings have also published in the Sept/October issue of Public Health Nutrition [Public Health Nutrition. 2018, 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018002379].
- Business Impact Assessment (BIA) – Obesity commenced in early August 2017, with the support from the private module leader – A/Prof. Dr. Gary Sacks. The study adopted the INFORMAS protocol with adjustments to suit the Malaysian context such as (a) the establishment of Expert and Reviewer Panels to perform the assessment and formulate recommendations; (b) application of ‘simple majority rule’ in ratings; (c) random market surveys to complement the evidence collection for nonconsenting companies. Later, two finding dissemination sessions were conducted with a closed-door meeting with the companies, followed by a public forum with the key stakeholders such as government stakeholders, professional organisations, NGOs and others on 29th July 2019. Post dissemination sessions included the official delivery of the full technical report completed in November 2019.
With support from INFORMAS collaborators and research funding from IDRC, the new plan is to venture into the ‘Food Promotion’ module for a comparison study across nine countries in Asia on television food advertising.
- People Involved
- Outputs Table
- Outputs (publications, reports, conference presentations)
Status (as of February 2020)
|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 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|
- 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: 1186/s12889-015-2392-z
- Ng SH, Kelly B, Se CH, 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: 3402/gha.v7.25169
- Ng SH, Swinburn B, Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Yeatman H, Ismail MN, Karupaiah T. Mapping the Extent of Implementation of Food Environment Policies from The Perspective of a Low-Middle Income Country-Malaysia. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2017, 71: 212-212. [Conference presentation].
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 2018, Food-Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): Benchmarking Current Policies and Determining Priorities for Future Policies for the Malaysian Government 2016-2017, UKM Cetak: Bangi, Selangor. [Technical Report].
- Ng SH, Swinburn B, Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Yeatman H, Ismail MN, Karupaiah T. Extent of implementation of food environment policies by the Malaysian Government: Gaps and priority recommendations. Public Health Nutrition. 2018, 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018002379.
- Vandevijvere S, Barquera S, Caceres G, Corvalan C, Karupaiah T, Kroker‐Lobos MF, L’Abbé M, Ng SH, Phulkerd S, Ramirez‐Zea M, Rebello SA, Reyes M, Sacks G, María Sánchez Nóchez C, Sanchez K, Sanders D, Spires M, Swart R, Tangcharoensathien V, Tay Z, Taylor A, Tolentino‐Mayo L, Van Dam R, Vanderlee L, Watson F, Whitton C, Swinburn B. An 11‐country study to benchmark the implementation of recommended nutrition policies by national governments using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index, 2015‐ Obesity Reviews 2019: 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12819.
- Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Ng SH, Adams J, Allemandi L, Bahena‐Espina L, Barquera S, Boyland E, Calleja P, Carmona‐Garcés IC, Castronuovo L, Cauchi D, Correa T, Corvalán C, Cosenza‐Quintana EL, Fernández‐Escobar C, González‐Zapata LI, Halford J, Jaichuen N, Jensen ML, Karupaiah T, Kaur A, Kroker‐Lobos MF, Mchiza Z, Miklavec K, Parker W, Kent MP, Pravst I, Ramírez‐Zea M, Reiff S, Reyes M, Royo‐Bordonada MA, Rueangsom P, Scarborough P, Tiscornia MV, Tolentino‐Mayo L, Wate J, White M, Zamora‐Corrales I, Zeng L, Swinburn B. Global benchmarking of children’s exposure to television advertising of unhealthy foods and beverages across 22 countries. Obesity Reviews 2019: 1-13. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12840.
- Ng SH, Kelly B, Yeatman H, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S, Noor MI, Karupaiah T. Mapping nutrition labelling policies in Malaysia. PMAC Conference 29 Jan – 3 Feb 2019. [Poster presentation – Poster Slot E06, http://pmac2019.com/site/poster].
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 2019, Benchmarking Food Industry Commitments for to Create a Healthier Food Environment: Business Impact Assessment (BIA) – Obesity Malaysia 2019, UKM Cetak: Bangi, Selangor. [Technical Report and
Executive Summary: https://expert.taylors.edu.my/file/rems/publication/109111_6143_1.pdf].
- Ng, SH, Sacks, G, Kelly, B, Yeatman, H, Robinson, E, Swinburn, B, Vandevijvere, S, Chinna, K, Ismail, MN, Karupaiah, T. Benchmarking the transparency, comprehensiveness and specificity of population nutrition commitments of major
food companies in Malaysia. Globalization and Health 2020 [DOI: 10.1186/s12992-020-00560-9].
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
- Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (PhD scholarship at University of Wollongong for candidate Ng See Hoe (William) starting from July 2016)
- School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia (in-kind contribution – infrastructure and facilities support)
- Early Start Research Institute, School of Health & Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia (in-kind contribution – infrastructure and facilities support for PhD student)