SEREMBAN - Education Ministry officials attending in-house meetings from now on will only be served two types of kuih with one choice of beverage.
This applies whenever they are attending morning or evening meetings or during lunch breaks.
Heavy meals such as nasi lemak, fried rice or mee are no longer allowed.
Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad said the new ruling was aimed at cutting wastage and reducing spending.
"From our observation, plenty of food is wasted whenever such meetings are held.
"During the morning meetings, each individual is served a heavy meal such as a plate of nasi lemak and another plate of fruits with beverages whereas in the evenings (meetings), it is usually three types of kuih, fruits, a hot beverage and mineral water," she said.
The ruling also covers staff at all state education departments, public universities, polytechnics and community colleges.
Madinah said the move was also to ensure that the ministry had sufficient funds for its annual expenses.
"The move is also part of internal control measures introduced by the ministry to check wastage.
"Also, department heads should ensure that only those who really need to attend these meetings do so," she said.