Ministry doesn’t have agents selling no-smoking signage

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye says the ministry has received reports on people claiming to be from the ministry selling the no-smoking signage for RM10 at eateries. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 30, 2018.

THE Health Ministry does not have agents selling no-smoking signage at eateries, said Deputy Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

He said action will be taken against such sellers claiming to be from the ministry, following the government’s move to ban smoking at food premises from January next year.

“The ministry has received reports that there are quarters selling the no-smoking signage for RM10,” he told reporters after a gotong-royong organised by the Kinta Health Office, with the cooperation of the Ipoh City Council, in Ipoh today.

Dr Lee, who is Gopeng MP, said eatery owners can buy or make their own no-smoking signage with the stipulated measurement of 40cm x 50cm.

“It is not a problem if it is smaller, as long as the signage is displayed.”

He said the signage does not need to have the ministry logo, and can be in various languages.

“It must have the no-smoking logo,” he said, adding that one signage per eatery is sufficient as long as it is visible to customers, failing which, the owner can be fined up to RM3,000. – Bernama, December 30, 2018.

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