Smoking, alcohol ban to start with education

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 10 Aug 2020

QR code, banners and signboards to educate the public on the smoking and alcohol ban at parks will be placed throughout Selangor.

THE earlier July announcement by Selangor for local councils to penalise smokers and those consuming alcohol at public parks and playgrounds, will be enforced in the next few months.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government had decided to give a grace period of two to three months since deciding on the matter.

Although the law was already in effect, he said the authorities would start with educating people via signage, posters and pamphlets before they were issued compounds.

“Once all matters relating to enforcement are ironed out, the ban will come into full force and action will be taken against those who break the law,” he said after the launch of a publicity campaign at Taman Tasik Shah Alam yesterday to highlight the ban on all forms of smoking and consumption of alcohol in public parks.

He urged all local councils to help stamp out such activities, to create a better environment.

The move, he added, would result in a healthier, safer and more conducive environment in parks, especially for senior citizens and children.

Amirudin said although the number of smokers and drinkers were small, their actions attributed to littering at parks and affected others through second-hand smoke.

Selangor is the first state in the country to ban both smoking and drinking in parks and playgrounds.

The ban was proposed by Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han and enacted via amendments to the Selangor Local Councils Park By-law 2005.

Under the by-law, offenders will be fined up to RM1,000.

Previously, only state Health Department officers could take action against smokers in parks under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 or up to two years in jail.

Ng, who was at the launch, said local councils received many complaints over the years but they were powerless until the amendment was made to the by-law.

“We want to educate the public first, so starting now each local council will begin its own programme to raise awareness during the campaign within the grace period before their officers enforce the ban,” he said.

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