Since 1 January 2018, smoking is banned at all air conditioned and non-air conditioned eateries, including restaurants, coffee shops, all the warungs and mamaks. You need to be at least three metres away from an eatery to puff puff..
Anyone who’s caught breaking the law will be fined up to RM10,000 (upon their second offence if they have not settled the fine for their first offence) or jailed not more than two years. Business owners will be fined up to RM3,000 if they fail to put up a ‘No Smoking’ sign, and fined RM5,000 or jailed not more than six months if they tutup sebelah mata when their customers smoke on their premise.
You can even become the superhero No Smoking-Man and call the authorities if you spot any individuals and/or eateries that fail to follow the law that currently being implemented. The grace period, where only warnings will be given out, is for 6 months. The law and punishment will supposedly take full effect by 1 July 2019.
Ever since the ban was announced, Malaysians have debating their stand on the issue. We went around Bangsar to ask people what they thought of the smoking ban. Here’s what we found out:
Yep, Malaysia is truly rojak and that apparently extends to our views on the ban.