The smoking ban that was recently announced by the Health Ministry has created quite a commotion online as smokers and non-smokers were seen debating on social media.
Last Thursday, October 11, Deputy Health Minister Dr. Lee Boon Chye had announced that all open-air eateries will be gazetted as no-smoking zones starting January 1, 2019. However, vape without nicotine is not included in the ban, for now.
To lead by example and to avoid causing inconvenience to non-smokers, the minister had also instructed the smoking room in Parliament to be shut down starting October 15, 2018, however, that didn’t work out as planned.
According to Kwong Wah, reporters scouted around the smoking room and discovered that smokers consisting of government officials and media workers were still puffing away inside.
The picture that has been uploaded garnered so much attention among netizens, with many pointing out that the politicians should lead by example and that law should be strictly enforced on everyone and not just the rakyat.
Source: Kwong Wah
A netizen said,
“Don’t expect us (the rakyat) to follow this new ruling if government officials are still allowed to smoke in the room when it has been closed down.”
Another Facebook user said,
“These politicians are supposed to uphold the law of the country and yet they are breaking it!”
In case you didn’t know, these are the non-smoking areas in Malaysia:
► Entertainment centres and cinemas (except for pubs, discos, nightclubs, and casinos)
► Hospitals and clinics
► Lifts and public toilets
► Air-conditioned eateries
► Public transport, terminals, and stops
► Government premises
► All assembly areas in buildings
► Education institutions
► Childcare centres
► Shopping complexes
► Petrol stations
► Stadium, sports centres, fitness centres
► Internet cafes
► Rest and relax (R&R) stops on highways
► National parks and public parks except for parking areas
► All walkways and covered bridges
► Open-air eateries
According to Malaysiakini, eight people including an MP have been fined for smoking in Parliament.
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(Source: WOB / Malaysiakini / Kwong Wah)