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Indonesia and Malaysia follow Singapore's lead in tackling obesity

But doubts raised over role of sugar tax in curbing diabetes

A tirade against sugar-laden soft drinks by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong resulted in seven beverage makers, including Coca-Cola, committing to limit the sugar content of soda sold in the city-state.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- As concerns grow about rising obesity in Southeast Asia, Indonesia will introduce legislation next year aimed at reducing the content of sugar, salt and fat in food.

"We want to push our industry to make it low sugar, low salt, low fat," Nila Moeloek, Indonesia's health minister, told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Next year the Ministry of Industry will make regulations for sugar, salt and fat," she added.

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