S’porean in Genting Highlands fined for smoking outside by people claiming to be government officials – Mothership.SG

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A Singaporean who recently traveled to Genting Highlands was fined for smoking by people he believed were posing as government officials.

Summons RM250

The Singaporean, who prefers to be known as Tan, was at the tourist attraction on June 4.

The 47-year-old said Mothership he was smoking on the fourth floor in an area outside SkyAvenue, a Resorts World Genting shopping mall, when he was approached by a group of people claiming to be officers from the Malaysian Ministry of Health.

The group issued a summons to Tan for smoking there, despite the fact that there were no signs that it was illegal to do so.

He pointed out that in a video he filmed of the area, the “No Smoking” sign was only posted on the wall near the toilets.

Video courtesy of Tan

Tan said the people weren’t dressed in uniforms or provided any form of identification to show they worked for the government, so he thought they might not be genuine civil servants. .

He thinks the whole group of them are Malaysian.

He was then told he would be fined RM250 (S$78.31) for smoking.

He was also informed that he could pay the fine on the spot by giving them RM150 (S$46.98) in cash.

Although unsure of the situation, Tan decided to simply pay the fine on the spot, but he filled in the form given to him with false information and contact details.

Photo courtesy of Tan

Fined others who took out an e-cigarette

After Tan paid the fine, he noticed that the group of “officers” immediately moved on to others in the same area.

He observed that two other men with e-cigarettes had also received a summons even though they had not yet used the devices. He assumed that these men were also Singaporeans.

Although the men tried to challenge the “officers” about the fine, the group insisted on the men’s supposed indiscretion.

Tan shared photos and video of the people who claimed to be officers sitting in an outdoor seating area with those who were fined to record alleged infractions and collect money.

Photo courtesy of Tan

Photo courtesy of Tan

Although the “officers” were not rude when approaching smokers, Tan noted that when others tried to avoid receiving the summons, the “officers” would “hold them back” and insist on the fact that it was “the law”.

While the other smokers tried to fight back, they eventually paid the RM150 fine as well.

Video courtesy of Tan

Officers elsewhere provided ID

Tan compared his experience at Genting Highlands with what he had noticed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Smokers were also fined, but he noticed that these officers provided ID and smokers were not asked to pay the fine in cash.

These people, he believed, were “real” officials.

Following his experience at Genting Highlands, Tan shared that he felt “ripped off”.

“It’s not at all a great experience to be well[d] outside,” he said, and speculated that people he believed were impersonating officers could have collected thousands of cash in a day from unsuspecting smokers like him. .

By sharing this, he just wants to warn Singaporean smokers traveling to the area to beware of such people.

Mothership understands that on June 4, there was a “real operation” carried out by officials from the Ministry of Health of Raub and Bentong, Pahang.

Mothership has contacted the Ministry of Health, Pahang Health Department for a statement, and will update this story when they respond.

Penalties for smoking

From January 1, 2022, smokers can be penalized for taking a puff in Malaysian restaurants across the country. They can be fined RM250 for the first and second offences, and RM350 (S$109.91) for a third offence.

Food and drink outlets that allow customers to light up will also be fined.

Director General of the Ministry of Health, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said first-time offenders can have their compound fines reduced to RM150 if payment is made at any health office in the district within one month. months from the date of issue of the fine.

Top photo courtesy of Tan

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