NTUC FairPrice locks up baby milk powder to prevent theft – Why so many steal milk power, in a 1st world country?


“Bukit Batok NTUC FairPrice outlet locks up baby formula milk in trial to deter shoplifting” (ST, Jan 18)


Given that, as I understand it, that the maximum jail is 7 years – why are there so many who take the risk of stealing milk powder?

I googled & found quite a number of people stealing milk powder over the years – some of which are listed below:

“He had stolen a tin of milk powder. Might have stolen products from other outlets too”


“Man & woman, 30 & 39, arrested for allegedly stealing milk powder 5 times from Geylang supermarket -They face a jail term of up to 7 years.”


“Police have arrested a 27-year-old man for stealing milk powder from supermarkets in Hougang”


“The Police have arrested a man and a woman, aged 30 and 39, for their suspected involvement in a series of theft of milk powders.


“The Police have arrested a 38-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a series of theft of milk powder.”


“A 24-year old Indonesian man, Andika, was sentenced to 1 week’s imprisonment after pleading guilty to 2 offences involving the theft of 14 tins of milk powder valued at $942.80.”




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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.