KUCHING: Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian is urged not to make an issue out of the federal government’s smoking ban to be enforced from Jan 1, next year.
This call came from United People’s Party (UPP) secretary-general George Lo, who said he is all for the new policy.
“I fully support the smoking ban and I call on our Minister of Local Government and Housing not to make an issue of the ban,” he said in a statement to The Borneo Post today.
Lo pointed out that the smoking ban “is clearly for the benefit of everyone’s health and is long overdue.”
He added that it would be a disgrace if Sarawak is the only opponent state of the ban.
Dr Sim, who is Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president and Batu Kawa assemblyman, said yesterday that the smoking ban could not be enforced in the state unless the Sarawak government endorsed it.