Soft drink row: We don’t promote private sector products, says DPM

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman seen with the local soft drink.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will only promote its own products, not those from the private sector.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said this today following a recent claim by a private soft drink maker against Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“We only promote products from the ministry,” she told reporters.

“Syed Saddiq has said he wants to help. We also want to help.

“For example, if I go abroad, I bring along Malaysian handicraft… that is promoting our country as a whole,” Bernama reported her as saying.

Earlier, Syed Saddiq said he was disappointed with a claim by an entrepreneur who accused his ministry of deceiving him.

The minister said his intention was to help the entrepreneur have his product placed in 7-Eleven’s network of convenience stores but he had been ridiculed instead.

The founder of local brand Hausboom, Azri Zahier Azmi, had accused him of not delivering on his pledge to promote the soft drink and introduce it to the Cabinet.

Syed Saddiq responded by saying he had not only brought the product to the attention of Vincent Tan, the owner of 7-Eleven, but had taken it into a Cabinet meeting, posting a photo as evidence.