On January 1st, 2019, The Star
reported that the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly said that the government plans to add more establishments to be gazetted as no-smoking areas.
This follows as the smoke ban takes effect on the same day.
“The nine types of establishments currently under the smoking ban include open-air eateries, shoplots, restaurants and also food trucks.
“But day by day, we will identify more public places to add to the list such as launderettes, as sometimes there are people smoking there, and this can be a hazard to the children who are present there.
“These are among the things that we plan to do to ensure that Malaysia has clean air.
“It starts with banning smoking in public places,” said Dr Dzulkefly after a walkabout at restaurants in Bandar Sri Permaisuri here on Tuesday (Jan 1).
Unfortunately, in another report by The Star, there are still those that ignored the smoke ban, with smokers smoking openly or eateries that have yet to put up signs, designating their shop as no-smoking areas.
Although it seems bleak, there are also incidents reported where smokers were told not to smoke by workers of the restaurants, and smokers observing the smoke ban.
According to a report by Bernama
, released January 2nd, 2019, a total of 1,453 warning letters has been issued so far while 3,879 people were adviced.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said 611 enforcement personnel from the ministry visited 2,786 eateries, including 24-hour outlets, during that period.
“Ministry enforcement personnel have been reminded not to issue compounds during the first six months and to only issue warning letters,” he told a press conference at his ministry here today.
So it appears to be that the 6 month period that is akin to a probation period, is so that Malaysians can get used to the idea of the ban. Malaysians, as a whole, are easily adaptable to whatever that happens around us.
Stay tuned for more as the story continues to unfold.
Read up on the smoke ban in our previous stories: