Still waiting for the date, says Health minister on tabling of GEG bill

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry is hoping to table its Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 before the current Parliament session ends this month.

Its minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said she was still waiting for a date to table the proposed law, which is also dubbed the Generational Endgame (GEG) bill.

"We are still waiting for a date. Insya-Allah we will table the bill before the end of this session," she said.

There are only eight more days left in the current Dewan Rakyat sitting, ending Nov 30.

The ministry had referred the bill to the Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) after it was tabled for its first reading this year.

The 2023 version of the bill incorporates amendments suggested by the PSSC last year, including a reduction in the maximum fine for GEG offenders from RM5,000 to RM500, and introduces a provision for community service to educate and raise awareness.

The first version of the bill, then named the "Control of Tobacco Products and Smoking Bill 2022", was first tabled in Parliament in July last year.

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