GEG Wipes Out Coffee Shop Business

The GEG makes life even harder for coffee shop operators encountering staff shortages and a competitive illegal cigarette market

GEG Wipes Out Coffee Shop Business

The Malaysia Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors’ General Association (MSCSPGA) is shocked at the Tobacco Bill tabled by the Minister of Health for first reading in Parliament recently.

"The bill will annihilate the entire coffee shop sector in the country as it prohibits those born in 2007 and after from working in any shops that sell cigarettes.

"Service industry like ours relies on young workers for business continuity as they are agile and hardworking. With this, we will no longer be able to recruit new and young workers while having trouble retaining our current ones when they pass the age of retirement." the association says.

In addition, operators will be fined up to MYR 30,000 or imprisonment up to 3 years or both for selling cigarettes to those born after 2007. We will need additional workforce to enforce it, but the same bill prevents us from hiring the future generation.

This makes life even harder for coffee shop operators encountering staff shortages and a competitive illegal cigarette market.

Illegal market continues

Creating A New Generation Of Criminals
This is an extremely heavy-handed approach, especially for vape users, and will create a new generation of criminals that are penalised for buying or using a substance that is legally permitted to everyone else.

"The interest of good taxpayers like us was not considered, while smugglers get to profit from all these.

"The Government should remain cautious as the illegal cigarette market will continue to rise once this policy comes into effect. Instead, nationwide education campaign on cigarettes should continue in a bid to create awareness among the younger generation."

MSCGPA pleads with the Minister of Health to properly reconsider the Bill as it criminalises consumers of legal age, killing the entire coffee shop sector and forcing consumers to smoke illegal cigarettes.

Malaysia Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors' General Association was established in 1947.

Currently, it has over 45 affiliates and 20,000 members throughout Malaysia and Singapore. The primary role of the association is to protect the rights and businesses of its members.