GEORGE TOWN: The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) wants the government to impose a complete ban on fireworks and firecrackers to end their smuggling, distribution and sale.
CAP acting president Mohideen Abdul Kader expressed regret that a ban on 44 types of fireworks and firecrackers under the “Happy Boom” brand has been lifted.
He said it may allow illegal traders to camouflage banned firecrackers and fireworks behind the said brand and openly sell them.
“By allowing the sale of firecrackers and fireworks, it creates greater demand and encourages an influx of smuggled products,” he said in a statement today.
Mohideen said incidents of smuggling, distribution and sale are escalating and can only be stopped through strict enforcement and the cooperation of the public to not buy fireworks and firecrackers.
“We urge the Customs Department and the police to intensify a nationwide crackdown on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers,” he said, adding that CAP has been calling on the authorities to impose heavier penalties on offenders, including jail sentences, for more than 20 years.
Under Section 4 (2) of the Explosives Act 1957, anyone manufacturing, possessing or importing explosives can be jailed for five years, fined RM10,000 or both upon conviction.