KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Only 36 types of fireworks are allowed to be sold over the Hari Raya period and traders must comply with rules set by the police (PDRM), says Bukit Aman management department (administration) deputy director Datuk Mat Kasim Karim.
Among the fireworks allowed for sale are Pop-Pop, Happy Boom Dush 20, Happy Boom Glow of Sunset, Happy Boom Flower Silver Cracking Rain and Happy Boom Thunder Clap (Rockets).
He said the Home Ministry had approved these types of fireworks for import, store and trading in the country.
However, he said there were nine types of 'Happy Boom' fireworks which could not be traded, including Happy Boom Red Cracker, Happy Boom Assorted Celebration Cake Repeate, Happy Boom Shoot Cake and Happy Boom Tikus 50.
Among the conditions small traders, retailers and supermarkets must comply with are for the seller to be a Malaysian citizen, own a business licence containing a list of 'Happy Boom' and 'Pop-Pop' fireworks which must be displayed for the purpose of inspection and enforcement by authorities.
"The sale period is only for 30 days (15 days before and after the festive season) subject to the approval and discretion of the police commissioner or state police chief.
"Sales outside supermarket buildings or shopping malls are allowed provided they have a safe storage place certified by the PDRM Armament Division and have a licence and permit from the local authorities," he said in a statement on Wednesday (April 28).
Small traders and bazaars are also allowed on condition that they have a safe storage place certified by the PDRM Armament Division, while retail businesses such as 7-Eleven, 99 Speedmart, Mr DIY and others are only allowed to sell one type of fireworks, namely Pop-Pop, and must have a PDRM permit.
"Transactions online or through any social media application are not allowed as well at restaurants, eateries or to buyers below 18 years old.
He said in violation of the stipulated conditions, legal action could be taken under Section 8 of the Explosives Act which could result in a jail term of seven years or a fine of RM10,000 or both. – Bernama