Hartal Doktor Kontrak, representing the dedicated medical professionals who stand on the front lines of health care in Malaysia, expresses deep disappointment and strong condemnation regarding the recent decision by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to postpone the second reading of the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023.
We understand that there are numerous matters that require attention in Parliament, but we must emphasise that the health and wellbeing of our people, especially the younger generation, should never be compromised or delayed.
As representatives of the medical community, we are deeply concerned that the postponement of this bill will send a disheartening message about our leaders’ commitment to public health.
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and health minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa, we implore you to demonstrate that you are leaders who prioritise the interests of the people above any political agenda.
The Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 is not merely a piece of legislation; it is a lifeline for the future of our nation. It is a testament to your commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of Malaysians, especially our youths.
We call upon the Prime Minister and health minister to ensure the swift rescheduling of the second reading of this vital bill in the current Parliament session.
Do not bow to pressure from the tobacco and vape industry, which puts profit above the health of our citizens. Prove that you are leaders who are unyielding in your dedication to the welfare of our nation.
We are heartened to note that a petition initiated by IKRAM Health Malaysia, endorsing the passage of the Tobacco and Vape Control Bill, has garnered over 9.2 million signatures within just two weeks of its publication. This remarkable level of public support underscores the urgency and importance of this issue.
The petition not only urges the Prime Minister and health minister to ensure that the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 will be tabled in the current Parliament session, but also calls on all Members of Parliament to fully support and pass this bill.
We urge every MP to recognise the gravity of this situation and act in the best interest of the people they represent.
The future of our country is at stake, and there is no room for delay or hesitation.
Hartal Doktor Kontrak remains steadfast in our commitment to advocating for the passage of this critical bill, and we call on all Malaysians to stand with us in demanding immediate action.
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