Vape fac­tory to be built de­spite ob­jec­tions

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The foren­sic team has yet to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire.

Pe­tal­ing Jaya city coun­cil­lor Derek Fer­nan­dez said the coun­cil only in­spected new plans re­lated to ren­o­va­tions and looked at KUALA LUMPUR: De­spite strong op­po­si­tion from the Health Min­istry and anti-to­bacco ad­vo­cates against e-cig­a­rettes and va­por­is­ers, Malaysia will soon house a vape fac­tory.

The Ki­lang Vape of Malaysia, which is lo­cated in Ni­lai Utama En­ter­prise Park, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, was sup­posed to be launched on May 12.

Ini­tially, the Deputy Min­is­ter of Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Datuk Henry Sum Agong was sched­uled to launch the fac­tory.

But the min­istry has since de­cided against it af­ter heed­ing calls from non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and med­i­cal ex­perts.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zain­udin, in ad­dress­ing the is­sue yes­ter­day, ac­knowl­edged that he had re­ceived ob­jec­tions orig­i­nal plans when a de­mo­li­tion was planned.

“As all house ren­o­va­tion or re­mod­elling plans must be signed by con­sul­tants who are ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers or sec­ond-class drafts­men, these in­di­vid­u­als are from sev­eral groups re­gard­ing the open­ing of the fac­tory.

“He (the deputy min­is­ter) did not launch the fac­tory.

“He did not at­tend the cer­e­mony. We re­ceived ob­jec­tions against (Henry) launch­ing the fac­tory and de­cided not to do so,” Hamzah said af­ter at­tend­ing the Na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil Meet­ing 2017 here yes­ter­day.

On the fac­tory op­er­a­tion in Malaysia, de­spite calls to reg­u­late the vape in­dus­try here, Hamzah said “that is a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity”.

“We have laws and as per our reg­u­la­tions, one needs to have a li­cence to op­er­ate in Malaysia. And they (the fac­tory op­er­a­tors) have the li­cence.” re­spon­si­ble to tell the owner.

“If they chose to il­le­gally ren­o­vate via their own con­trac­tor and not sub­mit plans to the coun­cil’s Ur­ban Plan­ning Depart­ment, then it’s on them,” he added.

OF FIRE AND RES­CUE DEPART­MENT PIC COUR­TESY

The fire at SS4D, Ke­lana Jaya, gut­ted the up­per lev­els of four ter­raced houses yes­ter­day.

Datuk Henry Sum Agong

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