The Terengganu government has given vape traders a 6-month notice to clear their stock following its decision to ban the selling of e-cigarettes. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 3, 2016. Vape traders in Terengganu are given six months to clear their existing stock following the state government's decision to ban the sale of vaping products effective January 1.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the state government would also try to help 40 affected vape traders with the assistance of the Terengganu Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council (Maidam) and the Terengganu Entrepreneur Development Foundation (YPU).
"Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah) in today's meeting, vape traders unanimously accepted the state government's decision to ban vape sales beginning January 1 after the state fatwa council declared the items haram.
"We will help the affected traders to venture into a different business field with financial assistance from Maidam or YPU," he told reporters after a meeting with vape traders in the state at Wisma Darul Iman in Kuala Terengganu today.
Also present were state secretary Datuk Osman Muda, state mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifly Muda and Terengganu Malay Vape Traders Association chairman Muhammad Kamaruzzaman Mahmud.
Razif said the state government had also agreed to set up a new business centre that would provide a platform for traders to sell electronic goods or Digital Mall to help the affected traders.
"The Digital Mall will be built in Kuala Terengganu in the near future and priority will be given to the affected vape traders to set up shop there," he said.
Meanwhile, Kamaruzaman when approached by reporters thanked the state government for giving them six months to clear their existing stock.
"We also welcome the state government's efforts, to build a Digital Mall to help vape traders shift to another business field after the given six-month period expires," he said. – Bernama, January 3, 2015.