Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Strictly No Smoking

It’s all systems go for the no-smoking ruling at all eateries starting today. 

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said for these six months, enforcement officers would focus more on educating the public. No imposition of fines but take note of repeat offenders. 

There will be unhappy smokers, of course, who refuse to accept that smoking is now off-limits. Yesterday, seven members of the Pertahankan Hak Perokok (Smokers' Rights Club) filed a legal challenge at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. 

They are Mohd Hanizam Yunus, 52, Zulkifli Mohamad, 56, Mohd Laisani Dollah, 46, Mohd Sufian Awaludin, 35, Ridzuan Muhammad Noor, 52, Mohd Yazid Mohd Yunus, 48, and Yuri Azhar Abdollah, 39. 

They sought a declaration that the ban is unconstitutional and an injunction against the ministry from enforcing it. 

The Health Ministry of Malaysia is named as the sole respondent in the application. 

Dzulkefly (right) wasn’t upset – he maintained that the gazetted prohibition against smoking is based on firm grounds under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2008. 

I reckon the government should next make a move to outlaw smoking! 

I was at a Chinese coffee-shop in Subang Jaya during lunch time – and I didn’t see anybody smoking. This evening, I was at a mamak restaurant in the same township – only one person lighted up. 

I think a smoke-free environment is possible – but expect hardcore smokers to persist with their smoking habit.

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