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Friday, 19 May 2017

DBKL bans smoking on 141 walkways in push for top 20 liveable city

(From left) Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Universiti Putra Malaysia Professor Datuk Dr Lekhraj Rampal and Amin Nordin looking at a no-smoking zone sticker placed on the floor of the pedestrian bridge connecting Sunway Putra Mall and PWTC

(From left) Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Universiti Putra Malaysia Professor Datuk Dr Lekhraj Rampal and Amin Nordin looking at a no-smoking zone sticker placed on the floor of the pedestrian bridge connecting Sunway Putra Mall and PWTC

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is pushing for a smoking ban at indoor facilities, including restaurants, in the next three years after banning smoking on 141 walkways in the city as it pushes for KL to become a top 20 liveable city by 2020.

Currently, restaurants without air-conditioning are not subject to this ban.

“We are moving towards that. At least by 2020, we are hoping that there will be more areas designated as no-smoking zone,” said mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz to StarMetro after launching the no-smoking zone at the elevated pedestrian bridge connecting Sunway Putra Mall and PWTC yesterday.

The mayor said those who failed to follow the rules could be fined a maximum RM10,000 or jailed not exceeding two years.

“We are aspiring to become one of the top 20 liveable cities by 2020. We have to move towards that direc­­tion eventually,” Amin Nordin said.

Now, smoking is no longer allowed at 141 pedestrian walkways, elevated walkways, and covered bridges spanning over 20km in the city.

With this symbolic gazetting of the walkway, a total 23 zones in Kuala Lumpur are now designated as no-smoking areas.

Many such linkages connect private buildings, shopping malls, and government agencies. In January, smoking was banned at public parks.

DBKL Health and Environment Department director Dr Hayati Abdullah said the process to designate the 141 walways took almost four years.

“It was a tedious process that required a lot of paper work and meetings and red tape,” she said.

“We are moving towards other areas too and it will take some time before it happens,’’ she added.

The gazetting comes under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

The new regulations come under the Food Act 1983 on Jan 16.

Under the new regulations, areas that are now off li­­mits are observation towers in national and state parks, public parks, national and state parks, campsite, and canopy bridge.

Nine organisations including government agencies, private companies, and community groups under Local Agenda 21 initiatives signed a memorandum of understanding to pledge to keep designated areas free of smoke.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region , DBKL , No smoking zone

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