School Milk Program (SMP)

The School Milk Programme (SMP) runs simultaneously with the Supplementary Food Scheme. The programme is targeted for poor students whose family income is below the poverty level. Besides, to ensure students receive a wellbalanced diet in school, the programme is also aimed at increasing the quality of health and nutritional value of food for primary students for better physical growth, mental health and general well-being.The SMP also encourages students to consume milk early in their life. In 2006, the MOE spent RM20.6 million for 556,979 students under this programme. The selection criteria for students under this programme are primary school students, especially from rural families, with a family income of RM400.00 and below.

The SMP was a collaborative programme between the MOE and milk producers under the concept of Malaysia

Incorporated launched in 1983. This program has expanded nationwide beginning 1985 with the exclusion of the state of Sabah as it has its own milk programme.

The two schemes under this programme are:

  1. Paid Milk Scheme which involves participation from primary school students either on voluntary basis or with/without government subsidy; and
  2. Free Milk Scheme which supplies milk to selected students. The milk is sponsored by milk companies which collaborate with the MOE and/or non-government organisations (NGO’s) either privately or on voluntary basis.

The objectives of the programmes are as follow:

  1. To encourage milk drinking habit among primary school students under the Paid Milk Scheme.
  2. To provide milk to selected students from low socio-economic background who are at risk of malnutrition through the Free Milk Scheme .
  3. To increase the efficiency of planning, execution, and evaluation of programme with cooperation from other government agencies under the concept of Malaysia Incorporated.
  4. To decrease public sector expenditure through the involvement of private sector agencies.
  5. To increase knowledge, skill and practice especially on food, nutrition, health, and other learning aspects in general.
  6. To increase the development of community and food industry which involves the production, processes and supply of milk.