Malaysia New Law : No Smoking At Outdoor Restaurants , Mamak & Kopitiam Nationwide From December 2018 - Fined RM10,000 Or Jailed Up To 2 Years - The Coverage

Malaysia New Law : No Smoking At Outdoor Restaurants , Mamak & Kopitiam Nationwide From December 2018 – Fined RM10,000 Or Jailed Up To 2 Years

Smokers will not be able to light up even when dining al fresco at restaurants nationwide in just three more months.

The Health Ministry has announced that all open air restaurants will be gazetted as non-smoking areas from December, Malay daily Utusan Malaysia reported.

“This gazettement is Malaysia’s commitment as a member state to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and adheres to the guidelines under Article 8 of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

PERAK 17-08-2017. Deputy Health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye talk to press at the 2018 Neonatal Cardio Respiratory Conference, which was held in the KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital today.MALAY MAIL/Farhan Najib

“It is also one of the ministry’s initiatives to protect the public from the dangers of cigarette smoke,” Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye was quoted saying in the Dewan Negara yesterday.

He added that those found to flout the law can be fined RM10,000 or jailed up to two years.

Dr Lee was also reported proposing the closure of Parliament’s smoking room next month, in a bid to turn the entire law-making House a smoke-free zone.

He said there are currently 23 areas designated smoke-free under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

These include entertainment centres, theatres, elevators, public toilets, air-conditioned eateries, public vehicles, airports, government premises and any area used for the purpose of assembly.



  1. Quek Jui Leng

    September 8, 2018 at 19:39

    Why not just withdraw all licences of tobacco companies? Close them down and find other jobs for their existing workers? Then perhaps the air will not be contaminated by tobacco smoke? A better idea, no?

    • Tango Bug

      September 22, 2018 at 23:03

      Because for every RM 1 of the retail price, the govt makes at least 67 sen as tax. At least the smoker and the alcohol consumer contribute somewhat to cost of treatment. How much do sugar/salt consumers contribute to diabetic/hypertension care in terms of taxation??? If consumption of a product is injurious to health, then the strategy must be primarily empowerment by education. For the shortsighted opinionated comments to come, please check the costs of treatment of non communicable diseases resultant from diabetes and hypertension.

      • Thanks so much for

        September 29, 2018 at 15:39

        A better Malaysia for all Malaysians

    • John smith

      October 11, 2018 at 07:34

      Because then you’ll create a black market that cannot be regulated and cannot be taxed. See: drugs.
      Protip: it doesn’t work. it has never worked. and it will never work.

  2. Harapan

    September 9, 2018 at 01:00

    Thumbs up … We need more good laws and not popular ones

  3. Baoyu

    September 12, 2018 at 07:30

    I also thumbs up….. Waiting for this for years.

    How about housing area? A lot of people around me, including myself are facing neighbors smoking everyday not with closed window inside their own house but at house compound like car porch and backyard! We can’t open our door and window, we can’t afford to be fully air-con at our house. I get second hand smoke everyday with almost 3 different periods of the day for years! This is my house, I can’t like my friend, who can move house cos she rent it; also can’t like Kopitium, which l can choose not to go or keep change table.

    Also, the non smoking area didn’t state clearly the distance must be how far away from the non smoking surrounding. I saw an uncle smoked inside the clinic, when he was told of the non-smoking sign, he then carried the clinic chair and sat just outside the clinic door continue smoking. Also, until now still seeing smoking father smoke right at the school gate while waiting for their kids, with other students running around the compound inhale the second hand smoke.

    We have advertisement on drugs, handphone, flooding to educate and advise public in television and other broadcasting media, why don’t have any to advise regarding second hand smoke and to teach smoker to respect others and to keep environment clean by not to throw cigarette waste everywhere.

  4. Good Law

    September 12, 2018 at 13:48

    Always wanted to tell the person sitting next table to me to BLOODY STOP SMOKING … esp in restaurants.

  5. Apple Store

    September 13, 2018 at 10:34

    Create an App that captures images of patron smoking in restaurants with Location and Time stamp…. Then enforcement can automatically fine the restaurant for not observing the law. No need talk talk just fine operator with the evidence … In no time all owners of restaurants will wake up and be vigilant

  6. Hanerman

    September 14, 2018 at 21:48

    Enforcement is the problem. Police couldn’t care less about the laws unless they can personally gain from them. I have never seen no smoking regulations upheld anywhere in Malaysia so why would this new one be any different?

  7. Karl

    September 17, 2018 at 21:19

    Stop selling ciggy lah. Can stop tobacco tax as well. Stop selling alcohol as well so no one will get drunk. Then can close all bar, disco, karaoke. No more gro from overseas to work.

  8. Jesudas

    September 18, 2018 at 17:43

    Im waiting for years for this law to be implemented. When the previous BN M.O.H only does advertisement like “Tak Nak” poster, wasting tax payer money. We also need Smoke Free Adun/MP !! like in Singapore

  9. Smoker

    September 20, 2018 at 23:49

    Another discrimination… was this part of the PH manifesto? Typical asian/malaysian mentality.. what about smoke coming from motorized vehicles? Soo much for smoke free… this is all a big joke to gain public attention… if really we are going to go ‘smoke free’ when are we going to implement ruling on electric powered vehicles and not to mentioned the closure of the coal power plant? What about open burning? I believe the impact is more hazardous… cigarette smoke contribute to haze we face every year… haha or this is just another way for the current government to get extra money to bail our country out of our trillion debt? Hmmmm

    • gg

      September 21, 2018 at 10:32

      idiot commenter, do you know the health hazards directly linked to smoking n passive smoking? stfu if u dont .i hope one day your child gets asthma, then u know lah..see whether u can talk kok or not

      • Commonsensenotsocommonnemore

        December 19, 2018 at 14:35

        I agree with your response although wishing asthma on the children is a little overboard. Many advanced countries have already implemented special smoking bylaws and regulations and although initially met with negative response, it is moving along well. The bottom line is, you can smoke all you want but your smoking should affect me… when you smoke in a cafe/open air coffee shop while my kids and I are trying to have a meal, that affects me so cut it out! When you are smoking in the toilet while we are both taking a #2, you are affecting me, cut it out.

        The challenge will be enforcement.

  10. Frustrated

    September 26, 2018 at 13:11

    This is good, but what about enforcement? Is there a number we can contact with evidence? Presently you can just walk into any coffee shop or mamak shop, and there are plenty of chimneys inside,even though these places are gazetted nonsmoking areas.

  11. Superbonbob

    October 9, 2018 at 14:54

    Malaysia are getting more pussy everyday. With all your researched u came out with this one sided conclusion? Unbelievable!

  12. Alfred

    October 9, 2018 at 16:54

    At least provide lah designated smoking area.

  13. Ken

    October 11, 2018 at 13:09

    Nvm, continue to do stupid things and not focus on urgent matter. We will see what happens after 5 years

  14. Evelyn Yee

    October 11, 2018 at 15:45

    We can continue to talk and talk till the cows come home BUT if there is NO STRICT ENFORCEMENT despite whatever laws are in place, do we really believe that smoking can ever stop? True, second hand smoke or passive smoking is just as bad. My view is that in all honesty, if there is strict enforcement of the law without fear or favour, then it is a deterrent to breaking the law. Hence people would be more considerate and become mindful to avoid being charged in court or whatever. After all, at least smoke in an open space would dissipate into the atmosphere.

  15. TT

    October 12, 2018 at 16:17

    I know who I’m gonna vote in coming general election.

  16. Hope

    November 15, 2018 at 14:49

    Afrer reading the recent news on newspapers…Newspaper and council please interview and listen to the non smokers, please don’t always advertise and consider what the kopitium owner right. They are considering their profit and business, then how about the non smokers, old age group, babies, children’s life and health? These are all not important? Smokers right and kopitium business are more important? Sometimes the kopituim owner and store owner themselves are smoking and cook at the same time.

  17. Seiichi Yamaguchi

    December 13, 2018 at 11:37

    I am eating roti canai outside an indian eatery. One man on my right is puffing away while three others are sitting on my left. I am suffocating and whom shall i call to get these law-breakers arrested? They enforce a new law but no enforcers to do their part! Typical!

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