Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad says this could either be a positive trend or reflect a lack of motivation in people making a report.
The 'education period' will end on Dec 31 of this year, says health ministry.
Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen says this was done to prevent food prices from increasing.
The authorities will not compound any offender for the first six months as this period will be used to educate them on the ban.
The cluster of eateries along Lorong Datuk Sulaiman are not only elegant but serve hearty and tasty food as well.
Former prime minister says the rights of those who are not ready to quit smoking must also be respected.
Complaints have been received that this is meant to mislead or confuse consumers, especially Muslims.
They point to the failures of previous public service announcements, saying smokers will only stop smoking if they decide to do so of their own accord.
Health department says 'No Smoking' signs were not of correct size.
Others say ban may result in them smoking less.
Conflicting statements from government leaders cause patrons to refrain from smoking.
Deputy Health Minister Lee Boon Chye says no additional funding required to monitor the smoking ban when it takes effect on Jan 1.
The government admits it will have problems in enforcing the nationwide ban.
Eateries associations suggest that the government instead categorise restaurants as smoking or non-smoking to give consumers the option to choose.
Consumer groups voice support for the ban, urging the government not to compromise on the matter.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says this is to take into account feedback from restaurants and eateries which were unhappy with the initial RM500,000 threshold.
Restaurants and hawker stalls with questionable hygiene are nothing new, but this needs to change.
Under immigration laws, foreign workers are only allowed to be cooks, but the challenge is finding locals to wait on tables, say associations.
The Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress says 24-hour eateries not only provide food but also other services, such as helping prevent khalwat and being a place for students to discuss assignments.
RM20 million will be spent to transform an old 10ha PWD warehouse into a vibrant hub, dedicated to young entrepreneurs, eateries and sports activities.
Jakim warns that the use of any Islamic object, symbol or phrase implying the food is halal by premises without halal certification is a violation of the Trade Descriptions (Definition of Halal) Order 2011.
Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) says these displays were ordered to be brought down in checks in Shah Alam..