The Health Ministry of Malaysia recently banned smoking at all eateries nationwide, even at open-air premises and those restaurants/stalls without air conditioning.
This will include no smoking at mamak stalls, food courts and kopitiams. On top of that, the ministry also mentioned that public and national parks, including theme parks will be set as non-smoking zones as well.
Coffeeshop associations and restaurant owners are protesting against the ban. According to the coffeeshop associations, this no smoking system is best to be implemented gradually over a two year period and that affected premises be allowed to have a smoking area in the back or elsewhere.
The Health Ministry said on its website that the ban would be in line with provisions set under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, to which Malaysia is a signatory.
People who are caught smoking at any non-smoking zones will be fined between RM250 and RM500.