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MMA Expresses Concerns Over Last-Minute GEG Survey by Health Ministry

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has raised questions about the timing of the health ministry’s recently initiated survey concerning the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023, commonly referred to as the Generational End Game (GEG) bill. According to MMA President Dr. Azizan Abdul Aziz, the survey appears to be a deliberate delay tactic to hinder the bill’s progression towards a second reading, and she is puzzled by the necessity of such a survey at this late stage when the government has had ample time to conduct one earlier.

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These concerns come in response to Health Minister Dr. Zaliha Mustafa’s announcement regarding the launch of a public feedback survey via the MySejahtera app. Dr. Azizan has pointed out that MySejahtera is no longer actively used by many Malaysians, with numerous individuals having uninstalled the app from their devices.

The app was initially developed for Covid-19 management, requiring individuals to scan QR codes for contact tracing upon entering any premises. The MMA President emphasized the urgency of moving forward with the GEG bill’s second reading, which aims to prohibit the use, purchase, and sale of cigarettes and vaping products to those born after 2007. Doubts regarding the bill’s progress arose when the ministry postponed a briefing for Members of Parliament and also delayed a media briefing on the bill without providing reasons for these postponements.