The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has warned of the sale, ownership or purchase of firecrackers and fireworks, especially during the festive seasons.
In a statement, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan reminded the public that there was a ban on owning, selling or purchasing fireworks and firecrackers.
“We want to remind people about the ban which is in effect for all festive celebrations especially with Chap Goh Meh (15 February) around the corner.”
“Only ‘Pop-Pop’ and ‘Happy Boom’ type fireworks are allowed because they do not contain flammable substances which could pose a danger,” he said, adding that even the sale of such fireworks requires permits from the relevant district police headquarters and must follow set specifications.
“Those owning, selling or using illicit fireworks could be liable to action under Section 7 and Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957.”
“They could face a maximum seven years jail or a fine of not more than RM10,000 or both upon conviction,” he said.
Abd Jalil said that those caught using illegal fireworks could face a maximum of one months’ jail or an RM100 fine or both under Section 3(5) of the Minor Offences Act 1955.
“We urge the public to follow the law to ensure harmony and public order while avoiding any untoward incidents,” he said.