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Health Ministry to stub out illegal cigs

Posted: 03 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry will be carrying out a series of integrated enforcement activities to clamp down on the sale or purchase of illicit cigarettes.

The ministry's disease control division director Dr Chong Chee Kheong said to circumvent the shortage of manpower in enforcing the amendment to the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004, they would work together with agencies such as the Customs Department, Domestic Trade, Co­ope­ratives and Consumerism Ministry and the Malaysian Mari­time En­­forcement Agency.

"The enforcement activities will be conducted thoroughly at the state and district level with the collaboration of these inter-agencies," said Dr Chong in an e-mail interview.

Effective Jan 1, Regulation 15(4A) states that no person shall sell or offer for sale, buy or has in his possession any packet or carton of cigarette that is not printed with the text required and health warning images as specified in this regulation.

"Regulation 15 is the requirement for the labelling and packaging for the packet or carton of cigarettes. Any packets or cartons of cigarettes which do not comply with this requirement are considered as illegal or contraband cigarettes," he said.

To date, the Health Ministry has conducted a briefing session with all personnel from the non-communicable disease section, inspectorate and legal officers to ensure that everyone is familiar with this requirement, he said.

He added that integrated and routine enforcement activities were part of the National Strategic Action Plan on Tobacco Control, which was developed by the ministry and would be carried out between 2014 to 2018.

Dr Chong said the police and local authorities would also assist in activities targeting illegal or contraband cigarettes, cigarettes sold below the retail selling price, and cigarettes without the pictorial health warning.

Police probe negligence angle in toddler’s death

Posted: 03 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUANTAN: Police will probe if there was negligence in the death of a three-year-old boy who was left in a car by his father for over nine hours.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad said the case would be investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act for negligence.

"We will call up the parents and other witnesses for questioning. It will then be up to the Deputy Public Prosecutor to decide on ­whether to file charges," he said when contacted yesterday.

On Thursday, the boy was found dead in his parents' car, where he was left forgotten ­during the hectic first day of school.

Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Jasmani Yusoff said the 41-year-old father had taken his wife and six children to SMK Pandan at 7.30am.

After dropping off his wife and three of his children there, the father proceeded to SK Tunku Azizah in Indera Mahkota to drop off his other children at school. The toddler was also in the car at the time.

"At 10am, his wife called him, asking him to pick her up at SMK Pandan but he did not do that. He drove to Taman Tas for a drink instead. He only went to SK Tunku Azizah at 2pm and found his wife already there," said ACP Mohd Jasmani.

The father, who is a labourer, waited at the guardhouse while his wife registered their children for religious classes.

"It was only at 5pm that he returned to his car and was shocked to find his son's lifeless body," said ACP Mohd Jasmani, adding that the boy was rushed to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital but there was nothing anyone could do by then.

ACP Mohd Jasmani said the father admitted that he forgot his son was in the car and only realised it at 5pm. He also said the post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and the boy's organs would be sent to the Chemistry Depart­ment for analysis.

Lim not ‘walking his talk’, says Hilmi

Posted: 03 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng continues to come under fire for the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz S300L as his official car.

Describing Lim as cakap tak serupa bikin (not walking his talk), Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said he had previously been vocal in lambasting the Terengganu state government for the same purchase.

"But now, he is preaching what he has criticised others (of doing)," said the Balik Pulau MP after presenting RM4,000 in incentive each to 19 padi farmers from the Seri Pulau Area Farmers Organisation here yesterday.

He was commenting on Lim's criticism in 2008 of the Terengganu government's purchase of a fleet of Mercedes-Benz as official cars then.

Dr Hilmi said "it was wrong in principle" for Lim to buy a Mercedes-Benz when he had criticised the Terengganu government of doing so.

"Penang is a small place and it's a short distance to everywhere. So, the Toyota Camry is enough," he said in reference to the Toyota Camry 2.5 which Lim had only used for about two months.

The car was among 15 Camrys delivered to the state government on Oct 31 at a cost of RM113,500 each after tax exemption.

State Financial Officer Datuk Mokhtar Jait had said on Tuesday that the car would now be used by Deputy Speaker Maktar Shapee.

Yesterday, Mokhtar denied allegations that the RM100,000 discount given for the Mercedes-Benz S300L was from a businessman, describing such claims as slanderous.

He, however, did not mention who had made the allegations.

In a statement, Mokhtar said the discount – given to everyone who wished to buy the Mercedes-Benz S300L 2012 model – was offered by Mercedes-Benz suppliers throughout the country and not by a "dealer".

Lim, he said, was actually entitled to use two Mercedes-Benz models – S400 and S300 – but chose the S300L which was bought for RM298,263.75 after tax exemption and the discount.

"The car was bought because of the tax exemption as well as the discount," he said.


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