Main page | BPLUS News List | News List | Newsbriefs@7 | Infographics | Malaysia eBiz | e-Newsletter |
  Malaysians consume more salt than WHO-recommended amount - Subramaniam  

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

PUTRAJAYA, March 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysians, on the average, consume 7.15 gm of salt daily, higher than the five gm recommended by the World Health Organisation, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said a 2015 pilot study of the Health Ministry showed that people aged 18 and above consumed more salt.

Such consumption could lead to hypertension and result in heart disease and stroke that could be fatal, he said to reporters in conjunction with World Salt Awareness Week 2018 that began on March 12, here today.

Subramaniam said many people were unaware that they were consuming excessive salt in their daily diet.

"The people have to change the culture of salt intake and adopt a healthy lifestyle. There is a need to reduce the intake of salt to ensure good health," he said.

Subramaniam said that among the 20 types of food often eaten that contributed to the highest salt intake were soy sauce, fried rice, omelette, nasi lemak, thick soy sauce, roti canai, meat soup, oyster sauce, instant noodles, chilli/tomato sauce, sambal belacan, budu, salted fish, seasoning stock, snacks, canned food and processed food.

"When we eat at home or in a restaurant, there is surely a bottle of soy sauce on the table. Automatically, people will want to add soy sauce to their food. I urge Malaysians to be more concerned about reducing their salt intake to five grams daily or less than one teaspoon a day.

"I believe salt consumption is difficult to control especially among children because they like to eat crackers and fast food. The Health Ministry is working with the Education Ministry to ensure that canteen operators provide healthy food to pupils and students," he said.

Subramaniam said the main message of the World Salt Awareness Week, which carried the theme of '5 Ways to 5 Grams', was to remind the people of the effects of excessive salt intake and to suggest five steps how they could avoid this.

These steps were to choose healthy foods; read and compare labels before buying food; gradually reduce salt in favourite recipes; avoid serving salt, soy sauce and sauces during meals; replace salt with spices and natural seasoning when cooking and adding seasoning.

"Eat more vegetables and fruits and reduce the intake of processed food. People are strongly encouraged to often eat at home and bring home-cooked food to the workplace," he said.

Dr Subramaniam also said that the ministry was expediting the regulation on mandatory sodium labelling for all processed food products and was working with the food industry to implement the Food Product Reformulation.

Nevertheless, he said, all efforts aimed at reducing the salt content in high salt-content products were in the early stages of implementation and required commitment and support from all individuals and the parties involved.

"Hopefully, all these efforts to reduce the salt intake can help to prevent and control hypertension and its complications, and thus reduce premature deaths among Malaysians.

"Studies show that one out of three adults in the country suffer from hypertension while one out of five adults do not know that they have the disease," he said.



Pos Laju service to be improved - Gobind Singh

Friday, 22 June 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) -- Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today the ministry was working on improving the quality of service of Pos Laju, the country’s leading courier company....
Only local cooks allowed in restaurants - Kula Segaran

Friday, 22 June 2018

PETALING JAYA, June 22 (Bernama) -- The Human Resource Ministry wants all restaurants in the country to only recruit locals as cooks from July 1, says its Minister M. Kula Segaran....

Sarawak welcomes Federal Court decision over Petronas legal challenge

Friday, 22 June 2018

KUCHING, June 22 (Bernama) -- Sarawak has welcomed the Federal Court decision today denying Petronas leave to commence a legal challenge against the state government over the national oil company’s right to regulate the state’s oil and gas upstream activities....
Education Key To A Better Future

Friday, 22 June 2018

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Well-known South African anti-apartheid crusader Nelson Mandela once said that education was the "most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".

The late...

Issue 212   Issue 211
 English Version      Versi B. Melayu  

MPHTJ to compensate family of woman crushed to death by falling tree branch

MELAKA -- The Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council (MPHTJ) is prepared to compensate the family of Intan Syahira Ahmad Safri who was killed by a falling tree branch at Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, Bukit...


Harga RON 95 dan diesel kekal hingga akhir tahun

PUTRAJAYA -- Harga RON95 serta diesel kekal, masing-masing pada  RM2.20 seliter dan RM2.18 seliter, sehingga akhir tahun ini, kata Menteri Kewangan Lim Guan Eng. Kerajaan telah memperuntukkan RM3 bilion subsidi untuk RON95 dan diesel, bagi...

..full news     ..berita penuh

No Xtra



What is Xtra?

What is BERNAMA PLUS? Xtra is a subscription based service that gives you full access to all contents. 

BERNAMA PLUS is subscription based service that gives you full access to selected contents


What content is available in Xtra?

What content is available in      BERNAMA PLUS?

Subcribers will be able to read all news and articles generated by BERNAMA in both Bahasa Melayu and English. News are available in the following categories:

  • Headlines
  • Top Story
  • General News
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Sports
  • Features
  • World News

Subscribers will be able to read:

  • Exclusive articles focusing on social, economic and environmental issues, latest technology, trends, fashion and entertainment, including health and wellness tips.
  • Newsbriefs@7 containing snippets of selected top stories of the day, released at 7.00 p.m. daily


  • Malaysia e-Biz, a weekly business bulletin which provides snippets of selected business news, events and announcements, including market reports and analyses. A Malaysia e-Biz archive is also available.

Stories and articles are enriched with high resolution photos, video footages, infographics and links to related news.


How many devices can I access simultaneously?

One subscriber ID is good for single access; you cannot use it on more than one device simultaneously. You need to log out before login on another device. For security purposes the system will automatically logout if the page remain idle for 30 minutes.


How do I subscribe for Xtra?

How do I subscribe for             BERNAMA PLUS?

You can subscribe at or click here

You can subscribe at or click here


Do I need to pay for the registration/subscription?

You need to pay a subscription fee to complete your registration and gain access to Xtra.  Click here for available packages. Xtra:

  • Corporate – RM50/month or RM600/year
  • Individual – RM25/month or RM300/year

You need to pay a subscription fee to complete your registration and gain access to BERNAMA PLUS.  Click here for available packages.


  • RM5/week
  • RM10/month
  • RM120/year


Will there be a GST charge for the subscription?

No. (Zero GST)


How do I register if I do not have an e-mail address?

You need to have a verified e-mail address in order to register as a member.


How soon will I be able to access the service?

You can access the service upon successful registration and payment.


Can I change the e-mail address used for my registration?

Your e-mail address will be used as your login ID.  If you need to change your e-mail address, you have to renew you registeration using your preferred e-mail address after your current subscription expires.


What can I do if I have problem regarding subscription/registration?

Please call our Customer Service Number at +603-2696 21047, +603-2050 4470 and +603-2059 4683 or e-mail: for assistance