KOTA BARU: Today the nation’s cigarette smugglers praised Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya’s decision to increase the price of legal cigarettes to RM21.50 per packet.
“Hiking the cost of legal cigarettes by 26.5% is going to make many smokers change their ways,” said professional cigarette smuggler Kid Kangkung stuffing contraband fags into his truck’s secret compartment,
“if the RM2 million spent on health warnings each year isn’t deterring smokers, maybe this plan to collect another billion in cigarette excise taxes will work. I’m sure the government will spend the extra revenue wisely!”
Experts warn smoking illegal duty free cigarettes is bad for the treasury’s health.