With ban often defied, MP moots smoking and non-smoking eateries


KUALA LUMPUR: Claiming weakness in the enforcement of smoking bans at eateries, an Opposition MP has suggested setting up smoking and non-smoking restaurants.

Datuk Mumtaz Md Nawi (PN-Tumpat) said non-compliance with the ban continued despite various campaigns.

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“I suggest that the government and local authorities set up and classify restaurants for smokers and restaurants for non-smokers.

“Now that it's not segregated, it's difficult for parents who bring their children to restaurants to ensure no one is smoking there,” she said when debating Budget 2024 at the committee stage in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Nov 20).

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Mumtaz said altercations could also break out if a customer told a fellow patron off for smoking in an eatery.

“It's time for the government to carry out such a programme to keep pregnant mothers and children safe from exposure to second-hand smoke,” she added.

Malaysia enforced a no-smoking ruling at all eateries and restaurants nationwide on Jan 1, 2019.

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However, smokers are permitted to light up 3m away from the establishments.

Under the ban, those found smoking or vaping in prohibited areas may be issued a RM250 compound notice or face a RM10,000 fine if taken to court.

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