October 2018

For years smoking in bars, restaurants, hawker centers and coffee shops, also known as food courts to the non Asian readers of this website was no problem in Malaysia. But that is about to change. From January first smoking is no longer allowed in restaurants, coffee shops or hawker centers. Not in airconditioned indoor places but also not in outdoor, open air hawker centers or coffee shops.

And with this new rule, Malaysia surpasses it’s neighbour Singapore. Singapore is known for it’s strict anti smoke laws but every open air coffee shop still has a small smokers section where smoking is allowed.

hawker centre Penang
Hawker centre in Penang, Malaysia

2 thoughts on “New anti smoke regulations in Malaysia

  1. […] year, on October 15th, we wrote about the new smoke ban in Malaysia, effective January first. And then on December 28th, […]

  2. […] October we published an article about the new anti-smoke legislation in Malaysia. Smoking in the so-called coffeeshops, most westerners would say foodcourts, would be […]

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