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S’wak to enforce smoking ban on March 1
Tarikh : 25 Jan 2019  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post
 

UCHING: The smoking ban at eateries in Sarawak will come into play on March 1.

The Sarawak Cabinet today has agreed to implement the smoking ban at all eateries in the state, according to a press statement issued by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“The decision to ban smoking at eating places is for the health of the general public.

“However, with the approval from the local authorities, licensed operators may designate a smoking spot at an area not less than three metres away from the nearest table where food (is) being served and it shall be the responsibility of licensees to ensure that such a place is kept clean at all times,” Dr Sim said.

Dr Sim also added that the Sarawak Cabinet has also agreed that the first six months from March 1 will be an  “educational enforcement period”.

“No compounds will be issued during this period.”

After the “education enforcement period”, offenders found smoking at banned places can be fined up to RM10,000 or be imprisoned to a maximum term of two years while eatery owners who fail to put up “No Smoking” signs can be fined up to RM3,000 or imprisoned up to a maximum term of six months.

Early this year, the federal government banned smoking at all restaurants and food joints in Peninsular Malaysia.

Sabah will implement their smoking ban on Feb 1.