Coffee-shop association appeals for smoking zones near eateries

Yeoh Cheong Ee

Under the new law, restaurant operators have to ensure that customers do not smoke, failing which, they face a fine of not more than RM5,000 or imprisonment of up to a year. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 4, 2019.

DESPITE an extended grace period before fines are issued for smoking at eateries, restaurant operators said they still could not cope with stubborn patrons who insist on puffing away at their outlets.

With just four months left until the end of the grace period, restaurant operators are now urging the government to allow designated smoking zones at their eateries.

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  • If we ban smoking and anger customers as a result, we are the ones who suffer.... what kind of logic is this. The enforcement issues compound to both parties not you alone!
    We hope the ministry will not make a U-turn on this.
    We non smokers have suffered too long inhaling second hand smoke in public area.

    Posted 2 years ago by Chee yee ng

  • Don't do the Pakatoon Shuffle and do a U-Turn. You have declared the ban. You gave them a grace period. So when the deadline ends... ENFORCE IT. Do not back down. This is done all over the world. No one has died from not smoking near a restaurant.

    Posted 2 years ago by Viji Rajasundram