KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad today said that the proposal to stop importing cigarettes altogether instead of just banning smoking at eateries could be brought to the Cabinet for consideration.
“Such a proposal must be considered in its entirety. It could be discussed at the appropriate forum and in Cabinet,” he said.
The minister was responding to a question that was posed by Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) in the Dewan Rakyat today (Tuesday, March 12).
“In light of the government’s efforts to ensure non-smokers are free from smoke, why not ban the import of cigarettes altogether so that we can become the first nation in the world to be totally smoke-free so that our people will remain healthy,” Bung Moktar Radin was quoted as saying by the Star when asking a supplementary question.
Almost 20,351 written warnings were issued to premises owners who failed to display the no-smoking warning signs. And a total of 1,696 written warnings were issued to individuals who were found smoking at the eateries, Dr Dzulkefly added.
And he warns that full enforcement of the ban would be strictly enforced this coming July by 5,008 health officers nationwide.