On the stroke of midnight, eateries around the country were made no-smoking zones. They don't even have designated smoking areas either. This is an effort made by our government to protect citizens from second-hand smoke in public eateries, allowing us to breathe easily while enjoying our meals.
Under this new law, smoking in eateries will lead to fines not just for the smokers, but the owners/management of the establishments as well. In fact, eateries are also required by law to display no-smoking signs on its premises, and failure to do so will result in fines as well.
This new law doesn't just affect brick and mortar restaurants, but also roadside stalls and food trucks too. It really is an all out policy preventing everyone from smoking anywhere near people who are eating.
My brother went out for breakfast at a kedai mamak this morning and happily reported that there were no smoking signs around the premise, and the shop had also ceased selling cigarettes too.
A good start for Malaysia this new year.