Newly appointed minister clueless about milk powder issue

Our newly promoted PAP minister Josephine Teo wrote on her Facebook regarding the high milk powder issue, “For my own journey, I concluded that milk is milk, however fancy the marketing. As long as AVA approves its import, the milk is good enough. I had no reason to pay more and would buy whatever was cheapest or on sale.”

Again, this shows that PAP is seriously out of touch. How did she make it to minister? She is missing the point. The problem here is why are milk powders sold in Singapore are so much more expensive than other countries when it is the same brand same thing. It’s not buying cheap vs expensive formulas. Even our cheapest formulas are also much more expensive than other countries in the region.

The responsibility of the government is not trying to psycho citizens to consume cheaper milk powder. The government responsibility is to prevent companies from making too much profit from basic necessities such as milk powder! Has the PAP achieved that? Now already so expensive, we have been suffering so long, until now then you come and say something? I think you have failed Singaporeans.

Minister Teo is also out of touch when she say just buy the cheapest milk powder. Does she know that so many parents go thru so many brands of milk powder just to find the right one for their child? Some kids are just more sensitive and they shit non stop or vomit if given the wrong formula, so when parents find the right brand, even if expensive, they would just endure and buy. Other kids have existing medical conditions and no choice can’t switch brands.

And while Singaporean parents are struggling with high milk powder prices, they let the milk powder companies sponsor hospitals for their course fees and materials for staff, and hospital dinner and dance functions, so that their formula can stay longer on the hospital list. Is the Ministry of Health doing their job? How can they let this happen? All these sponsorship money would only later be passed onto consumers!

Lastly, Minister Teo said breast milk is the best and “Expect more public education and a bigger push for breastfeeding.” Does she even know that breastfeeding is already a main contributing factor to many new mothers who are feeling depressed? Societal and peer pressure on new mothers to produce milk for their babies has never been more intense. It is very pressurizing for mothers who don’t produce enough milk for their newborns. I think your public education will just be another guilt trip.

So please think, or find out, before shooting off on FB. I just find Minister Teo’s post on milk powder very insulting!!

 

Angeline

 

 

 

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21 Responses to “Newly appointed minister clueless about milk powder issue”

  • Ah Peng Kia:

    If the government is serious about promoting the feeding of breast milk to infants, then it needs to put its money where its mouth is, and give a no-holds barred support e.g. longer paid maternal leave, making it illegal for companies to sack pregnant women and those on maternity leave, train more nurses to support new mothers including doing home visits, have more breast feeding rooms in public spaces like MRT stations and bus interchanges, go big on public education on breast feeding (the way they do with their own propaganda on TV programmes) etc, otherwise, all talk is cheap and useless!

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  • Taleban:

    How much did the milk companies pay to register their products with AVA and MOH?
    A little bird told me that it is quite substantial. But of course the milk companies will have to recover the cost of registration.

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  • angeline:

    Right!!! Someone said we pay peanuts we get monkey, today we pay banana, we stil get monkeys, just by not answering the question doesnt means it is not there. Why are we paying so much more where neighbouring countries are selling it cheaper, that the question we had, not the brand or buying cheaper brand. I bought a tin of 900g ‘Friso 2′ make in netherland for Ringgit for $35 in Singapore a same tin make in netherland cost almost S$ 40, it is almost 3 times more, same product same country of origin, why are we paying so much more?? Can someone share the logic if it is not for ‘profiteering’, why NTUC cost more and selling at standard price whereas medical hall selling so much cheaper, again ‘profit’ at heart!!!

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  • Bapak:

    Did you vote for them? If yes, please stop. VTO!

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  • LIONS:

    this APPLE-POLISHER is also a CLASS ONE ECHO-SOUNDER with ZERO BRAIN of her own.

    our future will become bleaker the more they ‘promote’ such ministers.

    to say the least,JOSEPHINE ‘TASTES’ LIKE SOUR MILK???

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  • Evil Tyrant and PAP Terror:

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Forget … having sex in the breakdown of the lift (small spaces) !!!

    She can … breast-feeding in Parliament … to highlight the obscene price of milk powder !!!

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah, “milk is milk” lah, no difference between rats or dogs. Buy the cheaperest from NTUC Fairprice, everyday low price. PAP got hope, should’ve promote her earlier anyway looking forward for another 50 years.

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  • oxygen:

    Sinkieland lacks consumer activism – this needs to change. Look at the supermarket food retailing margin prevalent in Sinkieland – it is astronomical compared to first world economies ranging from Australia, UK, EU, Hong Kong, Canada & USA. Telcos, banks and financial services ripped off the customers like these are captive money taps.

    Consumers have to wake up and start smart shopping like the way they hunt for cheap private car-ride hiring.

    Someone should start a FACEBOOK page on what is cheaper to buy of what products and services – maybe this will help alleviate the price gouging that unscrupulous businesses have been preying on careless customers.

    Otherwise it is simply pointless to scream over-charging in the social media.

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  • Incompetent:

    WTF….. you mean this type of standard or rather below standard can be promoted.

    Our beloved country really has little future under their leadership, lah.

    SIGH…

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  • Zootopia:

    “years ago….”not now.now is not important.

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  • Shortchanged SG:

    Singaporeans continue to be bullied because they don’t know their rights as consumers. It’s the same for other things.

    Consumerism is very strong in Malaysia.

    http://www.1pengguna.com/1pengguna/
    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/24/fomca-to-govt-tell-us-how-prices-are-controlled/

    There’s also vocal MPs in addition to vocal public and vocal consumer association (FOMCA).

    When GST was first introduced there,Malaysians took to the streets to complain.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysians-protest-against-gst-on-may-day-8258140

    This milk issue was highlighted years ago but little was done.

    https://www.ASS/article/price-increase-baby-milk-ridiculous

    Solution?

    Shop in JB as it’s cheaper for certain things.

    https://blog.moneysmart.sg/budgeting/6-items-that-singaporeans-who-want-to-save-money-shouldnt-buy-in-singapore/

    Just ignore the clueless Minister.

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    The coverment and the Competition Commission of Singapore are sleeping as usual.

    On one hand, the ruling party had been lamenting about our low TFR and yet Baby Milk powder prices can be allowed to climb to crazy level!

    I might add here that I had just recently, on a Sunday paid for
    Parking in a HDB estate. Yes! Talk about family ties etc. Mind you, it’s not near any malls or markets. Too many timid Heartlanders and too many useless RC / Town Council members!

    We deserve the high cost of living. No?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Don’t forget only NS cannot be measured by dollar and cent, everything else has a price, including her salary!!

    I don’t know what has she done to deserve the promotion!! Maybe for being a bigger idiot than her boss!!

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  • Sr Citizen:

    @ Angeline. There are countries like China subsidizing their exports in order to sustain employment. These exports include necessities that global consumers should enjoy as reductions to their cost of living. Ask who is jamming the trickle down benefits ?

    So now it comes to milk for babies and you have to listen to a litany of sermons on “stealing other lunches”, etc. They are not clueless or absurd just that muppets (70%) are still in deep worships of their natural aristocrats.

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  • Htst:

    She is not clueless, she is just elitist and arrogant.

    I think she is a friend of Mdm H, HR manager jumped to minister without any significant contribution nor academic excellence.

    What’s she good:

    1. Hammer oppositions in parliament
    2. Suck up pinky and all lousy policies
    3. Talk down all locals and complaints

    Clueless? How can clueless be making $1M?

    It’s you that is clueless.

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  • Dafts Will Be Dafts:

    This is typical PAP style.
    If unable to explain, obfuscate the issue or talk lengthy cock on something else, which blames everybody else other than themselves.

    You think these expensive good for nothings, will admit to incompetence and profiteering by their kakis?

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  • Get What You Voted, Stupid:

    Dafts voted for PAP to self check, this is the result.
    Sleeping, dreaming sex positions and talking bird tunes everyday.

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  • Kettle and Pots Are Both Black:

    What can you expect from an idiot who knows nothing about family.

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  • Bapak:

    Did anyone take a good look at this red dress look like “Ghost Bride”. I thought she and Desmond Lee getting married in front of Jiak Liao Bee. Whoever did her makeup must be from down there one!

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  • Poor taste:

    Bapak:
    Did anyone take a good look at this red dress look like “Ghost Bride”. I thought she and Desmond Lee getting married in front of Jiak Liao Bee. Whoever did her makeup must be from down there one!

    Once a bimbo, always a bimbo.

    Last time, bare back dress for old man’s funeral.

    Eek……

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  • RDB:

    Josephine Teo is a talk-cock king although she doesn’t have it. You know what I mean? Hubby also PAP one, so both get how many Million $s a year? What then is even milk powder rise 3x to her. After she has children and isn’t going to make any more babies in her BIG BIG place right!

    Whenever she opens her itching mouth, her loose tongue will wag to inflame we sensible people will “pengsang” if we take her seriously. She has to talk rots so that her big boss not invited to Beijing meeting of Asian heads of state will see her up to up her pay more you see. Lousy people always get promotions by such ways lor!

    Years back she even bragged about her bringing her 3 children to China at least 2x a years to the poorest parts of China for them to learn how capable past tense lky & the whole of PEE AND POO PAP are. You see, she is not even smart enough to compare Singapore tiny flat island with only a highest ‘mountain’ call Bukit Timah HILL’ lor! So enamoured but lkyism’s megalomania character until she got carried away so blinded daft liao. She really believes governing huge China is as easy as same in Singapore untill she MUST yearly bring her kids there to prove her point! Josephine Teo is smart meh??? LHLLLL? HAH CHEW!!!!

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