Questions Time, 17 July 2008 …cont'd

– Minister of Home Affairs’ answer on “Number of cases acquitted due to loss of exhibits in police custody”
– Minister of Health’s answer on “WHO’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control”

YB TUAN WEE CHOO KEONG [WANGSA MAJU] meminta Menteri Dalam Negeri menyatakan berapakah jumlah kes jenayah telah dibuang (acquitted) di Mahkamah atas sebab kehilangan bahan bukti dalam jagaan polis dan apakah langkah-langkah yang telah diambil atau akan diambil oleh pihak polis untuk memastikan bahawa kes kehilangan bukti tidak akan berlaku lagi.


Saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Ahli Yang Berhormat dari Wangsa Maju.

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, jumlah kes jenayah yagn telah dibuang (acquitted) disebabkan oleh kehilangan bahan bukti dalam jagaan pihak polis bagi tahun 2004 hungga bulan Januari hingga Mei tahun 2008 adalah sebanyak 19 kes. Di antara langkah-langkah yagn telah diambil oleh pihak polis bagi mengatasi masalah ini ialah emasang jeriji besi, kamera litar tertutup (CCTV), mengadakan kawalan secara syif dan pemeriksaan oleh pegawai kanan kanan pada sertiap hari.

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YB TUAN WEE CHOO KEONG [WANGSA MAJU] meminta Menteri Kesihatan untuk menyatakan samada kerajaan berhasrat untuk melaksanakan secara sepenuhnya panduan-panduan dan syarat-syarat yang telah ditetapkan oleh “WHO’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control” terutamanya dalam menghalang apa jua jenis iklan rokok, syarikat rokok yang mempromosikan rokok di tempat-tempat awam serta mempamerkan rokok-rokok “at point of sale” (seperti kedai mamak, kedai kopi dan lain). Jika tidak, sila nyatakan kenapa.


Kerajaan sememangya berhasrat untuk melaksanakan sepenuhnya panduan-panduan dan syarat-syarat yagn telah ditetapkan oleh WHO’s Framework fdor Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Tideak ada pengecualian dalam melaksanakan peruntukkan-peruntukan dalam WHO FCTC. Walau bagaimanapun, Malaysia mempunyai tempoh sehingga Disember 2010 untuk memenuhi semua keperluan Artikel 13, WHO FCTC berhubung penajaan, promosi dan pengiklanan tembakau.

Komprehgensif aspek penajaan, promosi danpengiklanan hasilk tembakau, Peraturan 4, PPKHT 2004, jelas melarang seberang sebarang pengiklanan hasil tembakau itu sendiri. Manakala bagi aspek tajaan dan promosi hasil tembakau, Peraturan 5, PPKHT 2004 telah melarang perkara tersebut dan Kerajaan mat tegas dalam perkara ini dengan tidak membenarkan penajaan atau promosi hasil tembakau melalui apa-apa bentuk jua termasuk Grand Prix Formula 1 atau acara bola sepak dan sebagainya.

Demi memperkukuhkan dan memperkermaskan lagi kawalan terhadap hasil tembakau, Kementerian Kesihatan sedang dalam process untuk membentang Rang Undang-undang Akta Kawalan Hasil Tembakau bagi memenuhi komitmen negara dan segala keperluan yang termatub dalam WHO FCTC. Draf Rang Undang-undang inin sedang dalam semakan akhir oleh penasihat undang-undang Kementerian Kesihatan sebelum dirujuk kepada Jabatan Peguam Negara untuk ulasan. Pihak Kementerian mensasarkan RUU ini dapat diwqartakan menjelang tahun 2010.

Selain daripada itu, pindaan kepada PPKHT 2004 yang dijangka dikuatkuasakan dalam tempoh terdekat sedang dilakukan untuk memenuhi keperlujan Artikel 11, WHO FCTC berhubung Pembungkusan dan Pelabelan Hasil Tembakau. Melalui pindaan tersebut, semua pengilang dan pengimpot rokok dikehendaki untuk memaoarkan amaran kesihatan bergambar pada bungkusan rokok serta larangan penggunaan perkataan-perkataan descriptor seperti low tar, light, ultra light atau mild pada label rokok menjelang akhir tahun 2008.



  1. Wee,

    As an aside, let me inform that the ‘no smoking campaign’ has gone a bit too far, pricing itself out of the market and inviting smuggling and badder alternatives.

    Today’s research indicates there is no correlation between smoking and cancer. We have been frightened and lied to based on puerile research. Nobody still knows what causes cancer, but just look for a blame, and usually pin it on tobacco and alcohol.

    After 40 years of campaigning against smoking and resulting in a major reduction of smokers, the number of lung and other cancer cases has increased in the US. Doctors now tell longtime smokers not to stop but continue, especially if exposed to certain industries, as cessation leads to complications and even deaths. On the contrary smoking induced coughing strengthens the lungs!!

    Western research is such that they reverse their stand every few decades. Today we are told to eat fruits BEFORE meals. Today we are told that alcohol is good for the heart. Today we are told that the liver rebuilds itself. Today we are told that salmonella is found in many vegetables. Today we are told not to use pesticides or fertilizers and that butter and cheese can cause cancer. Now they say both men and women’s sexual appetite does not reduce after age 50, and its a psychological tool to a balanced life. Now it is declared that chinese food is an unbalanced meal and malay food is the worst diet in the world.

    Most of the world are not up to date on these recent findings or wish to trivialize it based on no clinical finds, but on superseded past research!

  2. – Minister of Home Affairs’ answer on “Number of cases acquitted due to loss of exhibits in police custody”

    Well, a new email is floating around with the following :

    The Malaysian Dilemma – expanded

    The cycle of missing goes like this in Malaysia;

    Get Vietnamese workers, many dogs missing.
    Get Bangladeshi workers, more Malay girls missing.
    Get Indonesian workers, some household money missing.
    Get Indian workers, maybe jewellery missing.
    Get Chinese workers, some husbands missing.
    Call the police, the evidence goes missing,
    Call the lawyers, the judge go missing,
    Call the ministry of transport, the reports go missing
    Change of states government, funds go missing,
    Say something wrong and you may be missing.

    We also have smart people who make claims that DNA could change with times ??? Also different ministers making differing views on same subject ? So, what else is not news in M’sia ? Semuanya boleh and maybe one day all politicians need to report to police first for scrutiny prior attending parliament sitting. Let’s hope not and never will.

  3. The entire system is a joke! Today Malaysian politics is actually the best soap opera on tv and other types of mass media.Both locals and foreigners are watching ever so closely on what will happen next as the plot thickens.
    Maybe one day we may end up having Oliver Stone directing an academy award movie based on our country’s politics.

  4. I am glad that YB Wee is taking an interest in the implementation of WHO’s Framework on Tobacco Control. This is very important because we want to keep our young generation healthy and strong. We must keep our young away from tobacco. Singapore and Thailand (in Asean counytries) have fully implemented the FCTC. Why can’t Malaysia?

    Don’t tell me that the government is not interested int he health of our young generation.

    Keep it up Wee. Thank you for taking an interest in the tobacco matter. Politic musty also include matter of this nature in order to balance it up.

  5. It is a multi billion industry that churns out a lot of revenue for the government that’s why they seemto always close one eye.It’s all about the RM ;)

  6. I know the tobacco industry is churning in a lot of monies for the government. The health of the people must take priority over profit/revenue. We need healthy Malaysians to make this nation great.

    Let not think of revenue received from this sin. Let make it difficult for them to sell the drug to screw up the young people.

  7. Hi Temenggong,

    Well, actually there ARE researches made on the relation between smoking & cancer – you can visit this website

    1) Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths .Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Smoking is also responsible for most cancers of the larynx, oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, and bladder. In addition, it is a cause of kidney, pancreatic, cervical, and stomach cancers as well as acute myeloid leukemia
    2) Exposure to secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease in nonsmokers, as well as several respiratory illnesses in young children

    Hi AHoo,

    I like your cycle of missing in Malaysia. Very true indeed.

  8. Hi Sweet Child,

    Those are the standard old views. New research has debunked all that but govts everywhere turns a blind eye as the cannot accept such views.

    I’m up to date on these kinds of findings and researches.

    Bring down smoking and up will go drug abuse! People need an exhaust somewhere!

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