19 August 2018

Chinese New Year fireworks, firecrackers ban stays

Chinese New Year fireworks, firecrackers ban stays

KUALA LUMPUR - The ban on firecrackers and fireworks will remain for this Chinese New Year. Police have issued a reminder to the public that it is illegal to sell, own and play with fireworks and firecrackers.

Federal police corporate communications chief Datuk Asmawati Ahmad said in a statement that only Pop-Pop and Happy Boom fireworks are allowed.

"However, the sale of these two types of firecrackers still requires a police permit and according to the specifications set.

"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 if convicted face seven years imprisonment or a fine of RM10,000 or both.

Asmawati said that those who were found to manufacture, own or import firecrackers and sparks without a permit could be charged under Section 4 (2) of the Explosives Act 1957.

"Offenders could face a five-year imprisonment or a fine of RM10,000 or both," she said.

He said the police expect all parties to comply with the ban.

"The police, meanwhile, wishes all Malaysians 'Gong Xi Fa Cai', 'Xin Nian Kuai Le' and hope that this Chinese New Year celebrations will be a joyous one, free from any kind of incident that jeopardises safety and life."


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