It is most unfortunate that the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) thought that it is alright to rob the rights of road users in the name of celebrating a festival at Little India. MBPP ought to ask itself how necessary and beneficial is this idea of pitching canopies on both sides of the road to the people.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) would reiterate that it sees no purpose of these shops extending out almost to the middle of the narrow roads with their canopies since these very shops displayed the products within their premises. Had the enforcement been even handed in banning the use of canopies then there should be no issue at all.
Congested Penang Street.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) to take action on canopies that obstruct the roads (particularly China Street, Penang Street, King Street and Market Street) in Little India.
During a recent survey, CAP found that the pitching of canopies concentrated along sections of China Street, Penang Street, King Street and Market Street.
Infestation of Flies and Air Pollution from Factory in Ayer Tawar: SAM Concerned of Residents Health
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is concerned of the health of more than 1,000 residents of Kampung Batu 19, Ayer Tawar in Manjung District, state of Perak due to prolonged exposure to air pollution from a factory and infestation of flies here.
The source of problem is a poultry farm and glove factory operating here. The affected residents who have been suffering from these problems for more than 15 years had lodged complaints several times but to no avail.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the government to implement measures to curb smoking, particularly among women and youths. Tobacco use is one of the most preventable public health threat, killing one in every two persons who use them. The World Health Organisation had warned that if governments do not take strong action to limit exposures to tobacco, by 2030 it could kill eight million people worldwide annually.
The Consumer Association of Penang calls for the urgent implementation of price control on pharmaceutical drugs. As stated by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin in a local daily, “Malaysians have been paying excessive prices for pharmaceutical drugs due to an absence of government control.”
CAP has been calling for pharmaceutical drugs price control for years but it has fallen on deaf ears. Pharmaceutical drugs are an essential item and health is a basic need. Escalating drug prices put a tremendous strain on the financial resources of the Government and the public. It is about time pharmaceutical drug price control is implemented.