Sunday, January 20, 2019

Thumbs-up to the Smoking Ban

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad (left) must be lauded for sticking to his guns regarding the smoking ban in all F&B outlets. 

As he correctly put it: "It's just not about banning or prohibiting but more to ensure we have safe and clean air in particular in these public places". 

According to one news report dated January 12, 2019, enforcement officers have visited more than 30-thousand locations and issued upwards of 14,000 warnings since the law came into effect. 

Indian Muslim restaurants in Johor have recorded a 20% drop in business following the smoking ban in all eateries, according to Johor Indian Muslim Entre­preneurs Association (Perusim) secretary Hussein Ibrahim who pointed out that 200 out of their 338 members were involved in the restaurant business and they have been hit badly (The Star Online, January 20, 2019). 

Ting Choo Hew Chinese Coffee & Tea Shopkeepers' Association are unhappy: "…we've had a lot of complaints from our members that business is down by about 40 percent” (CGTN, January 12, 2019). 

The Malaysia Singapore Coffeeshop Proprietors’ General Association reported a drop of at least 20 percent in business (Malay Mail Online, January 10, 2019). 

Let them complain lah – I for one am happy that I no longer have to worry about getting the lingering acrid smell of cigarettes on me.

And yes, I believe the majority is adhering to the no-smoking law.

I took these photos last week at Q Bistro in SS15 in Subang Jaya, Selangor and there was again observance of the No Smoking law – I was there for my (drenched) nasi kandar and Coke:

Law-abiding smokers:

On Saturday, the game between Liverpool and Crystal Palace was a 7-goal thriller that gave me regular anxiety attacks. 

The latter were the last team to beat the former at Anfield in the EPL back in April 2017 and the south London club almost repeated that feat when Andros Townsend gave the former a well-worked lead after 34 minutes. 

The Reds then came flying out of the blocks in the second-half though as Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino helped their team hit back within eight minutes of the re-start. The Eagles levelled through James Tomkins in the sixty-fifth minute before Mo Salah scored his second goal of the match, bundling home after the visitors’ goalie fumbled a soft James Milner cross and gifted the ball to the Egyptian ten minutes later. And Sadio Mane scored to give Liverpool a 4-2 lead that finished Crystal Palace despite Max Meyer sweeping past Alisson Becker in the fifth minute of stoppage time. 

A massive relief! We have now hit 60 points and move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League!

And on the same day too, Celtic were playing in the Scottish Cup, fourth round where they won 3-0. 

Scott Sinclair (37, 56) and Timothy Weah (83) contributed to this win as they strolled into the last 16 at the expense of Airdrieonians.

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