Home > News > Nation
Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 8:09:41 AM
by michelle tam
PETALING JAYA: Netizens welcome the Health Ministry’s move to gazette the covered areas at all R&Rs along highways as smoke-free zones.
On Facebook, Rina Yazid Gilliland said: “Yes! Too many selfish smokers in this country. They think they own the air.”
Netizen Siaw Ting said the proposed penalty of a fine from RM250 to RM500 for those caught smoking was “still insufficient”.
Jessica Audrey Jeremiah went further, saying offenders should also be made to perform community services, while Meg Descends urged Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr
S. Subramaniam to increase the fine to RM1,000.
“Create designated areas for smokers so that they don’t simply smoke everywhere and anywhere they please,” Meg said.
However, others were sceptical on whether the “no-smoking” rule could be enforced effectively.
Georgina Fernandez Peter cautioned that enforcement was “a whole other issue”.
Balasharmila Rao Munusamy doubted the move would take place at all: “After all, Malaysians dump rubbish right below a signboard which says ‘Do Not Litter’.”
Others, like Wong King Hui, urged the authorities to be even-handed: “Think of us smokers too! If there are no-smoke zones, then there should be smoke zones too, to be fair!”
Jeganeswari Chandragasan asked how smokers on long drives could take a smoke break: “Hope the authorities designate an area for smokers at R&R areas instead.”
Netizens also proposed that the “no-smoking” ban be extended to more areas.
Woo Jia Wei said smoking bans should also include bus stops while Bryan C. asked that restaurants be made smoke-free zones to discourage inconsiderate smokers.
Tags / Keywords:
Health, smoke free zones, R R, health ministry
Health D-G: Stop all outdoor activities if API exceeds 100
Junaidi: Hilmi has no right to question Govt’s handling of haze
A price tag for human organs
Healthy links for medics
Water vending machines require licence from Health Ministry from Jan 1
BRT KL-Klang line expected to be ready by 2018
Korean goods up in flames
Liow: Tajuddin repeatedly hurting Chinese feelings
Mustapa given mandate to negotiate country's interests in TPPA, says Najib
Commando charged with possessing printed Islamic State material
Education Ministry: Schools nationwide to re-open Wednesday, except in Langkawi
Wider room for local guides
Thousands participate in Tai Chi event despite hazy conditions
US to hold final auction of bitcoins from Silk Road case
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)