Any festival in Malaysia wouldn’t be complete without the sweet sound of fireworks, be it Hari Raya, Deepavali or Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, fireworks and firecrackers are still considered illegal in Malaysia.
With Chinese New Year just a few days away, the Royal Malaysia Police is reminding everyone that the ban on fireworks and firecrackers is still in place.
“PDRM hopes that everyone will obey the prohibition on playing with firecrackers and fireworks to avoid injury, death, and sparking fires that can destroy property,” PDRM corporate communications chief Datuk Asmawati Ahmad said in a statement.
However, not everything is banned as Malaysians are still allowed to play with these two types of firecrackers: ‘Pop Pop’ and ‘Happy Boom’. Remember the good times we had playing these when we were young?
Although ‘Pop Pop’ and ‘Happy Boom’ firecrackers are legal, the sale of these two items would still require a police permit.
“Any person found to own, sell, buy or play any firecrackers other than those permitted may be liable to be charged under Section 7 and 8 of the Explosives Act 1958 (Act 207), and face seven years of imprisonment or a fine of RM10,000 or both if convicted,” Asmawati added.
Everyone is expected to adhere to this law with no exception. Take note guys!
If we’re honest, this law has been in place for years; yet, we still see our neighbours lighting up ear-deafening firecrackers once the clock strikes 12 on Chor Yat.
So, this CNY, would you be a law-abiding citizen, or join the crowd who’d light up the sky on Chor Yat?
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