From the year 2016 to 2019, the Health Ministry targets to help 390,000 smokers quit the habit. The targeted quantity of smokers is only equivalent to 7.8% of the current smoking population, and resources allocated are evidently insufficient. Malaysia’s current minimum legal age for smoking is 18 . Countries like Singapore and Sri Lanka have made progress to raise the age requirement to 21 while Malaysia is still debating on its 2018 tobacco bill . Although the government has designated non-smoking zones , there seemed to be negligible enforcement and issuance of fines. Is Malaysia’s government just too incompetent? The government may have been aware of the possible consequences in hasty cigarette tax hikes. It decided tax hikes were necessary to meet its budget deficit target. “As per the trends of past years, there is usually a surplus to offset the deficit from the first half, in turn keeping the deficit within the target,” said Lee Heng Guie, executive director of Socio-Economic Research Centre. Malaysia achieved its budget deficit target of around 3% despite billion-dollar losses in oil revenue. Together with cost-cutting measures, sin tax made up for any shortfalls in revenue.