Questions abound over the tabling of the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 for its second reading in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow.

This comes after a health ministry briefing for MPs, scheduled to be held at 5pm today, was postponed indefinitely.

The health ministry has also postponed a media briefing on the bill scheduled for this afternoon in Parliament. No reasons were given for the postponement.

A source close to the matter told FMT that the tabling of the bill has been postponed.

At the time of publication, health minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa and the ministry’s communication team have yet to respond to queries on whether the tabling of the bill, also known as the Generational End Game (GEG) bill, had been postponed.

Last week, Zaliha announced that the Cabinet had decided that the bill would be tabled for its second reading on Oct 10.

The GEG bill seeks to ban the use, purchase and sale of cigarettes and vape products to those born after 2007.

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