KUALA LUMPUR: Despite strong opposition from the Health Ministry and anti-tobacco advocates against e-cigarettes and vaporisers, Malaysia now houses a vape factory.
Located in Nilai Utama Enterprise Park, Negri Sembilan, the Kilang Vape of Malaysia was launched on May 12 and will manufacture vaporisers and nicotine free e-liquids.
The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism deputy minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong was scheduled to launch the factory, but the ministry decided against it after heeding calls from non-governmental organisations and medical experts.
Its minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin in addressing the issue today acknowledged that he had received objection letters from several concerned groups pertaining the opening of the factory.
“He (Henry) did not open the factory. He did not attend the ceremony. We received well objections against our ministry launching the factory and decided not to do so,” he said after attending the National Cooperative Consultative Council Meeting 2017 here today.
On the factory operation in Malaysia, despite calls to regulate the vape industry here, Hamzah said “that is a business opportunity.”
“There is nothing wrong for them to do business here. We have laws and as per our regulations, one needs to have a licence to operate in Malaysia. And they (the factory operators) have got the licence.
“Everything is in accordance to the law. Whether they can sell the products in the country or not, that depends on the laws of the respective states,” he added.