LUMPUR, Wed. – Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said today the Government has
no intention to prohibit smoking but will consider extending the current ban on
smoking to other areas.
The Prime Minister said it would be good if smoking was banned
“But we don’t know whether we can”, he sid, adding that he was in
favour of extending the ban on smoking to certain areas as the habit did not
“It even poses a health risk … You won’t die if the smoke does not
get into your lungs. But if it gets into your lungs, you get cancer”.
Dr. Mahathir said this when asked by reporters to comment on the move by
the Selangor and Kedah fatwa committee which recently ruled that smoking was haram.
The fatwa committees of four other States – Terengganu, Perlis, Malacca
and Kelantan – are studying the matter before making their decision.
Dr. Mahathir said there were also ulamak
who smokes, adding the Government would like to see the people develop an
attitude that resisted smoking instead of prohibiting smoking altogether.
“I don’t smoke and therefore, I have no problems if the ban is
extended to other areas”.
He said smoking was a total waste of money, a useless indulgence and that
inhaling the smoke did not make one full or healthy.
“It was not nice …
feel it will be better if people do not smoke.
“But it would be hard to get people to cultivate the non-smoking habit.
We have made dadah abuse an offence but then there are still people who use
The current ban on smoking covered public areas such as air-conditioned
restaurants, cinemas, hospitals and public transport.