Govt slashes proposed fines, removes possession offence from smoking bill

Chan Kok Leong

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says the government has amended control of tobacco product and smoking bill 2022 to relax punishments for offenders. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 1, 2022.

THE government has agreed to reduce the fines stated in the proposed control of tobacco product and smoking bill 2022 from RM5,000 to RM500, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.

“We will also remove the offence of possession of tobacco and related products,” he said, while tabling the bill for second reading in the Dewan Rakyat today.

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