Govt refers anti-smoking bill to select committee

Chan Kok Leong

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says he understands there maybe objections to the wording of the anti-smoking bill, but insists that no one has the right to harm others or the public interest. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 2, 2022.

THE government has decided to refer the Control of Tobacco Product and Smoking Bill 2022 to a parliamentary special select committee to rectify several clauses in the paper for which opposition MPs and backbenchers had raised concerns.

“It is better that we refer this bill to the select committee as there are objections. It is better that we study this a bit more before we vote again,” Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (Rembau-BN) said in the Dewan Rakyat, after 12 lawmakers had debated the bill at the policy stage over the past two days.

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