We refer to the statement by Datuk Dr. Kamarudin Md. Isa, Director-General of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), which appeared in the dailies on May 16th 2016. Dr Kamarudin had said that ‘there are no plans to ban the use of antibiotics in the poultry industry’ as ‘no scientific research has proved that humans can suffer negative effects of antibiotics from eating meat’.
Since the United Kingdom’s 1969 Swann Report, hundreds of studies over the last few decades have shown links between the use of antibiotics in animal food production, the development and spread of antibiotic resistance and resulting human infections and even deaths.
Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President of Consumers’ Association of Penang on 26 May 2016 in Penang.
I deeply appreciate everyone present here today for sparing your time to join us in welcoming the Director General of Agriculture’s visit to learn about CAP’s sustainable farming project.
We thank all teachers, students, farmers from Penang, Kedah and Perak who are here today and who have been actively involved in CAP’s sustainable farming projects all these years. We also have strong support from the public and media who has been highlighting our farming ventures. Thank you all.
“Ramadan Buffet…The Buka Puasa feast in this hotel is recognized to be among the most exciting spreads…has drawn an increasing number of patrons for corporate entertainment and family dining… The menu comprises more than 100 dishes daily…as you break your fast to the tantalizing treats available, live Ghazal Asli music fills the air…a Surau is made available for our Muslim patrons’ convenience…RM95 nett per adult and RM48 nett per child…”
This is an advertisement that appeared in a local daily on the last day of Rejab this year, one month before Ramadhan. More such advertisements will appear as we get nearer to Ramadhan promoting clothes, shoes, carpets, curtains, and other goods and services.
In 2008 in China, melamine was illegally added to some powdered milk and related dairy products including infant formula.
Melamine is an industrial chemical used mainly in the production of plastics, primarily for counter tops, utensils, fabric, adhesives and flame retardants.
And why was melamine added to the milk and infant formula? To increase the nitrogen content of the milk and therefore its apparent protein content! Water had been added to the raw milk to increase the volume but this resulted in diluting the milk, leaving it with a lower protein concentration.
The Consumers Association of Penang is deeply concerned that pedestrians are either side-lined in the government transportation plansor that they have been overlooked after the prioritisation of motorised vehicle use.
The situation has deteriorated over the last three decades since car ownership was encouraged with the advent of the first national car in 1985. Nationwide in 1975, 47 percent Malaysians used public transportation and 63,842 passenger cars were registered. However, by 2005 only 6 per cent Malaysians used public transport while 416,692 passenger cars were registered. The number of registered cars had increased by 6.5 times within two decades while number of bus users plummeted almost 8 times.
In Penang Island itself roads were widened to accommodate the increase and more than 12 pedestrian bridges were constructed. They are white elephants, each costing more than a million Ringgit to build.