Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Penang Hill Project: The true story

The Consumers Association of Penang deeply regrets statements by Berjaya Corporation criticizing Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon’s administration for decisions made over the Penang Hill project in 1993.

Both Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Berjaya Land’s chief executive officer, Datuk Francis Ng have distorted the facts and have not presented the complete and true picture of what happened as regards the proposed development on the Hill by Berjaya Corporation’s subsidiary, Bukit Pinang Sdn. Bhd in September 1990.

Our oceans in peril

Are we facing global ecological apocalypse? Experts report accelerated melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets; decrease in Arctic Sea Ice; sea level rise and release of trapped methane from the seabed. How have these changes and human activities affected our oceans - the largest ecosystem on Earth that maintains our world in a habitable condition?

Natural disaster or human interference?

CAP is saddened by the recent landslide in Kampung Sungai Ruil, Cameron Highlands that has claimed seven lives.  
 
Whilst the cause of the landslide that hit the Orang Asli settlement is being investigated by the authorities, there are speculations that a land clearing and earthworks nearby the settlement for a township development by LBS Bina Group Berhad could have contributed to the disaster.

Stop Lynas: Malaysians protest at corporate HQ in Sydney

July 5, 2011 - A delegation of 12 Malaysians held a protest outside the Australian company Lynas' HQ in Sydney against its construction of the world’s largest rare earth refinery in the industrial estate of Gebeng, near the port of Kuantan. There is growing opposition because the refinery will leave highly toxic and radioactive behind. A previous rare earths refinery in Bukit Merah (operated by Mitsubishi, now a significant shareholder in Lynas) was forced to close down and clean up after a 12-year-long struggle by residents and environmental activists.

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No confidence in IAEA review team report on Lynas project

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are disappointed that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given the go ahead to the proposed Lynas rare earth processing plant in Gebeng by concluding that the review team was not able to identify any non-compliance with international radiation safety standards.  The team had nevertheless identified 10 issues which it considered that improvements were necessary before the next licensing phase of the Lynas project.