A suspicion of scandal has gripped the vaping world in Malaysia for a few days after a minister was caught in the act of using his e-cigarette during a session of parliament. The video circulating on social networks, theMinister of Foreign Affairs Hishammuddin Hussein had to apologize publicly for his behavior.
Small scandal for the world of vaping in Malaysia! Indeed, during a session in parliament, the minister Foreign Affairs Hishammuddin Hussein was filmed vaping discreetly behind his mask while his colleague the Minister of Transport, Dr Wee Ka Siong, was speaking.
The eight-second video was reportedly taken as Dr. Wee was delivering his closing speech. Minister Hishammuddin, however, apologized on Twitter and promised to stop vaping during the proceedings of Parliament. " Sorry, I didn't know - it's a new habit. I apologize to the Dewan and I promise not to do it again He tweeted.
Adoiii buat hal betul laa 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/TA9B1HF23l
- Mhd Shamin (@shamienhereyo) August 6
For his "fault", the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hishammuddin Hussein also fined the Ministry of Health as smoking is strictly prohibited in parliament and regulations were tightened under the former administration of Pakatan Harapan. Anyone who breaks the law can be fined RM500 (US $ 119) and can be fined up to 10 RM (US $ 000) or up to two months in jail, or both.
This little episode broadcast on the social network Twitter sparked a real debate on smoking and vaping in Parliament. If the foreign minister apologized, Penang Consumers Association (CAP) Still said it was shocking to Malaysians, especially those fighting smoking, to learn that a senior minister was vaping in parliament.