The Ministry of Home Affairs provided approval for the import, storage, and trading of 36 types of fireworks across Malaysia. According to Bukit Aman Management Department (Administration) deputy director Datuk Mat Kasim Karim, all traders are to strictly adhere to the rules which the police have set.
Fireworks Allowed and Disallowed
Some of the fireworks which have been permitted include Happy Boom Dush 20, Happy Boom Flower Silver Cracking Rain, Pop-Pop, Happy Boom Thunder Clap (Rockets), and Happy Boom Glow of Sunset. However, nine specific types of Happy Boom fireworks have been barred from trade. These include Happy Boom Shoot Cake, Happy Boom Tikus 50, Happy Boom Red Cracker, and Happy Boom Assorted Celebration Cake Repeater.
An official statement read as such: “The sale period is only for 30 days (15 days before and after the festive season) subject to the approval and discretion of the police commissioner or state police chief. Sales outside supermarket buildings or shopping malls are allowed provided (that) they have a safe storage place certified by the PDRM Armament Division and have a license and permit from the local authorities.”
Any retailer, supermarket, or small trader intending to sell any of the approved fireworks must comply with specific requirements. The seller of such fireworks has to be a citizen of Malaysia. The seller must also own a business license which contains a list of Happy Boom and Pop-Pop fireworks. This list is to be publicly displayed so that authorities may conduct inspections. It will also enable appropriate enforcement to be performed, should such be necessary.
Small traders at bazaars are allowed to sell these fireworks as long as they have a safe storage place which has received due certification from the PDRM Armament Division. They may sell either Happy Boom or Pop-Pop fireworks. On the other hand, retail businesses are only allowed to sell Pop-Pop fireworks. These businesses must also have a police permit before they begin to do so.
Online purchases and sales of fireworks, including those conducted via social media, will be in violation of the firework regulations. Sales are also not allowed to be conducted at eateries or restaurants. No person under the age of 18 may purchase any fireworks.
In addition, due to the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all parties selling any fireworks must comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) necessary to curb the spread of the virus. These SOPs are those already in force across the country.
Anyone who violates regulations related to fireworks could be charged under Section 8 of the Explosives Act (Act 207). Those who are found guilty might serve a jail term of up to seven years, pay a fine of up to RM10,000, or both.
30th April 2021 16:40
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