Crackdown on smoking at the airport
Officers from the Selangor health department sweep the airport, checking for those who flout Malaysia's smoking regulations.
Photographs by Djohan Shahrin
Enforcement personnel from the Selangor health department carry out checks at klia2 in Sepang under Ops Mega Bersepadu, an initiative to monitor public compliance with smoking regulations.
Many continue to smoke in public places despite the ban which took effect on Jan 1, 2019.
A woman vapes while using her phone at the airport.
Members of the enforcement team approach a group including plain-clothes officers mingling with others who are smoking in a prohibited area.
A traveller from China is approached by officers.
The officers brief him on Malaysia's smoking regulations and issue a notice for his offence.
The woman who was vaping earlier is also issued a notice for smoking in a public area.
Enforcement officers speak with an international traveller who is smoking in a public area before issuing him a notice.
Cigarette stubs are sealed in a clear plastic bag as evidence of the offence.
Enforcement officers examine evidence bags containing the confiscated cigarettes.
A group of men smoke in the designated smoking area at klia2.
Not far off, another man receives a notice from a plain-clothes officer for smoking outside of the designated smoking area. Those who continue the offence can be fined as much as RM250 although the amount will be reduced to RM150 if paid within a month.
A plain-clothes officer holds out an evidence bag after coming across another offender.
The individual's details are taken down in the notice issued, one of 441 given out that day.
Smokers pay their compounds at a special counter set up in the airport.
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