Social: The cameras will be used to collect evidence to crack down on violations such as smoking in prohibited places
Smokers better be wary about where they light up from now on, because you never know who might be watching (and recording).
That’s because enforcement personnel of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Health Department have begun using body cameras to crack on smoking-related offences.
In a statement issued yesterday, the department’s director, Dr Nor’Aishah Abu Bakar, said that the video recordings and photographs would be used as evidence and supporting material to ensure the safety and integrity of law enforcement officers.
She stated that from December 12 until yesterday, 147 smoking offence notices were issued as a result of 10 enforcement operations conducted in and around Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
Out of those, she said 140 notices were issued for the offence of violating Regulation 11(1) of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004, namely for smoking in prohibited places.
“A total of seven notices were issued for the violation of Regulation 13, namely the prohibition of smoking, chewing, buying or possessing any tobacco products by minors,” she added.
She stressed that the smoking ban at shopping malls, public stops and eateries in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will continue to be enforced.
To find out more about smoking offences in Malaysia, you may read it here.
Malaysia may soon see police officers wearing body cameras too. Earlier this month, the government approved an allocation of RM30 million for the procurement of body cameras for use by police personnel on duty.
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