JOHOR BAHRU: At least five people, including a Singaporean, were fined for smoking at eateries in Johor Bahru’s Larkin area on Tuesday (Jan 1), as a nationwide ban kicked in.
The ban has been put in place by the Ministry of Health to protect the public from exposure to cigarette smoke. The prohibition encompasses all food outlets from restaurants to food courts, both indoors and outdoors.
Health officials have carried out enforcement operations throughout Malaysia to catch errant smokers who did not abide by the ban.
In Johor, a total of 150 officers from the state health department were deployed between 8am and midnight on Tuesday.
State chief health and environmental officer Kayrul Hidayah Mansor told CNA on Wednesday morning that five offenders – a Singaporean, two Egyptians and two Malaysians – were caught either smoking or vaping.