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Zaliha Defends Delisting Liquid Nicotine as Poison, Cites Compliance with Law

Health Minister Dr. Zaliha Mustafa has firmly asserted that her decision to declassify liquid nicotine as a scheduled poison was entirely in compliance with existing laws. She explained that Section 6 of the Poisons Act 1952 mandated consultation with the Poisons Board regarding the proposed declassification, without necessitating their approval. Responding to a legal challenge against her decision, Dr. Zaliha filed an affidavit emphasizing the legality of her actions.

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She further contended that the judicial review application, initiated by three NGOs – the Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control, Malaysian Green Lung Association, and Voice of the Children – amounted to a challenge of government policy, an issue beyond the court’s jurisdiction.

The NGOs had applied for judicial review proceedings to quash the minister’s decision, arguing that she had not adequately considered the Poisons Board’s opinions and had disregarded their unanimous vote against the exemption. They also claimed that Dr. Zaliha’s actions were disproportionate and prioritized revenue collection over public health, especially the well-being of children. The High Court has scheduled a hearing for the application on December 6.