Education ministry leaves it to MACC to probe school milk issue

Education Minister Maszlee Malik says there will be no more direct negotiations for the Susu 1Malaysia programme.

KUALA LUMPUR: Education Minister Maszlee Malik is leaving it to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe the loss of milk, worth millions of ringgit, under the Susu 1Malaysia (PS1M) programme implemented during the previous administration.

“We leave it to MACC to make any comments on the matter. I do not want to interrupt any investigations,” he said at the Parliament lobby today.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) had recently queried on the status of the programme, saying that the milk was not distributed to schools since January despite already being allocated for in Budget 2018.

The school milk programme was first introduced in 1983.

Meanwhile, Maszlee said the ministry would ensure the procurement process for PS1M would be conducted through an open tender in future.

“There will be no more direct negotiations and we will ensure no santan (coconut milk) factory will be given the contract to supply milk,” he added.