The mutual benefits of stubbing out the smoking habit

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) commends and congratulates the Malaysian Health Ministry (MoH) for implementing and enforcing Regulations 11 (1) (d) of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2018. Under this Regulation, offenders caught smoking in “any eating place or air-conditioned shop” can be fined upwards of RM10,000 or face jail time of up to two …

CAP: Ministry of Health should rethink deregulation of consultation fees

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned over the announcement made on 6th December by Health Minister Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad on deregulation of consultation fees in all registered and licensed private healthcare facilities.  With the government’s intention to abolish the consultation fee control under the Seventh and Thirteenth Schedule of the Private Healthcare Facilities and …

Smoking and vaping: Looking through the barrel of a gun

Recently a Member of Parliament, Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, wants the Ministry of Health (MoH) to temporarily suspend the smoking ban at open-air eateries on 1 January 2020 “until proper regulation is put in place for the vape industry”. His call makes no sense. Banning smoking and vaping at eateries including open-air ones does …