WITH barely two days to go before Hari Raya, the Consumers Association of Penang is urging the Government to come down hard on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers.
Its president S.M. Mohamed Idris called for a mandatory jail sentence for smugglers as the existing laws were not stringent.
“We call for amendments to be made to the laws including a jail sentence for smugglers and confiscation of his/her property assets.
“A hefty fine and jail term should also be imposed on retailers and individuals caught playing with firecrackers and fireworks,” he said yesterday.
The Explosives Act 1957 carries a jail sentence not less than five years, a fine of RM10,000 or both on those caught manufacturing, possessing or distributing the contraband.
Mohamed Idris also called upon parents to be more responsible for their children’s actions as they are vulnerable to injuries caused by explosives.
“With the availability of such explosives, people are able to extract the explosive mixture from firecrackers and fireworks to make their own explosives, which could be fatal,” he said.
In May, Kelantan Customs enforcement officers seized RM151,160 worth of contraband and arrested a lorry driver.