A recent viral post involving a firefighter vaping nonchalantly at a restaurant has triggered a wave of criticism from netizens.
The post, initially shared on Facebook by a patron, shows the man leisurely puffing away on a cigarette while sporting a t-shirt with the bomba badge at Restoran Malik Bukit Jelutong in Shah Alam.
Enraged by the nonchalant behaviour
The online community was quick to voice their disapproval of the firefighter’s behavior, labeling it as “disrespectful” and “embarrassing.” Some even called on the authorities to take disciplinary action against him for his blatant disregard for the rules.
In a now-deleted post, the concerned patron expressed their frustration, stating, “He wears a government uniform, yet he seems to believe he’s above reproach. If we confront him, what can we really do? How will the authorities respond? There are rules, but the enforcement seems lax. It’s disheartening and disgraceful to see even government officials vaping in public.”
According to the OP, at the request of the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia in Selangor, the contentious post was subsequently deleted, with the department assuring that the issue was being addressed.
However, numerous netizens are still pushing for a more thorough approach to tackle smoking in public places.
Responding to those questioning why the incident was posted instead of being directly addressed, the patron clarified that the smoking ban has been in effect since 2020 and it’s up to individuals to abide by the rules.
The whistleblower also implored the Ministry of Health to show greater commitment in enforcing the ban on public smoking and urged smokers to respect the rights of non-smokers.