This is interesting, I think.
Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin in his speech at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) executive board meeting in Geneva yesterday said Malaysia hopes to pass a legislation this year which would bring about a “generation endgame to smoking”.
Quite a good idea, but I do wonder whether that violates the constitution as it imposes ban on certain group of people while not others.
I don't think it's the same as limiting the sale of cigarettes to adults because those born after 2005 will themselves soon be adults.
Some adults can buy cigarettes and smoke, while others can't, well, that's weird as by right enforcement of laws should apply fairly to everyone.
Anyway, how are they going to implement this proposed law?
Need to show IC to buy cigarettes? That's a bit tiresome, I think.
But don't get me wrong. I'm not against the reason this law was being proposed as I know that smoking is bad.
I'm actually just asking from the point of law.
Don't want lah we simply come up with laws which foundation is constitutionally shaky.
Making laws shouldn't just simply hantam saja through short cuts.
Just look at our drug laws, which in my opinion are very bad, especially the part on mandatory death penalty for trafficking.
I wrote about that in this previous post;
But still, if those in power want to impose the proposed cigarette law, then they could just go ahead.
Maybe it will work and one day there will be no more cigarette in this country, even though I think people will simply switch to smoking ganja, which Syed Saddiq has been pushing for the government to legalise like in Thailand.
Good also that then we will have a precedent on how to easily make laws to protect Malaysians from other vices.
Later, I think, we should use the same "generation endgame" concept of making law to rid the country of alcoholic beverages.
Those born after 2005 cannot buy beer, whisky, wine, sake, soju etc.
How about that?
Drinking alcoholic beverages is bad what.
With such a law, there will be no more drunk driving, drunk beating of wives, or stupid drunk beloved being so annoying after one or two cans of beer.
While we are at it, maybe we can come up with a similar law to ban pork.
I would vigorously support that.
Pork is bad also what. They said it got worms.
Beloved eating pork is actually quite disgusting, okay.
Ya, why not, right?
Chinese don't complain ya. Your next generation all can eat chicken. Healthier.