CAP urges the state government and the City Council of Penang (MBPP) to give serious attention and take swift action to overcome the island’s garbage pollution problem.
CAP is dismayed that although there has been complaints among many locals and tourists regarding the garbage problem but the situation remains unchanged until now. Last year, the Penang state government had spent RM15.8 million to clean up the rivers in the state but to no avail.
We refer to the letter by Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, chairman of Asli Center of Public Policy Studies, calling on the Malaysian Government to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). It is regrettable that Ramon and some members of the business community fail to comprehend the serious implications for our people and nation subsequent to signing the TPPA.
He warns that if we do not join the TPPA there will be “dire consequences” - no access to a new free trade area with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of over RM101 trillion; unable to break out of middle income trap; capacity to innovate, attract foreign direct investments, high technology, incomes, employment and quality of life will be seriously affected.
Individuals who have not analysed the TPP text in detail must be pragmatic and not call on the government to sign onto this agreement. Paul Krugman, an economics Nobel laureate, has called the economic case for the TPP weak, and if it does not happen it will be no big deal.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the Ministry of Health to strictly enforce the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009. This is in view of the spate of food poisoning cases that has been occurring in the country.
The latest incident occurred on 24 March 2015 where the Tourism Minister, three state Exco members and 30 senior tourism officials from ASEAN countries suffered severe food poisoning after a seafood meal at a fishing village, in Umbai Malacca. Laboratory tests on the food samples showed that the food served on that day was contaminated with E. Coli bacteria, indicating faecal contamination.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Pahang government to take prompt action to protect the natural environment of Janda Baik near Bentong here so as not to continue to be threatened by any form of activity in the area.
In addition to the problem of deforestation, serious attention should also be given to the quality of river water. We are concerned that the river may potentially be polluted in the near future due to application of agro-chemicals and disposal of effluents from fish culture ponds located here.
CAP urges the Penang state government to take immediate action to solve the pig waste pollution problem faced by villagers of Kampung Titi Hitam near Sungai Bakap in the Seberang Perai Selatan District here.
The problem arising from a pig sty in this village has caused the area to stink and affects the villagers’ daily lives. The villagers claim to suffer from headaches and nausea because of the foul smell from pig waste.