Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Norwegian Pension Fund's divestment of Samling Global Limited an embarrassment

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the announcement last month by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance to exclude Malaysian-based Samling Global Limited from its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) investment portfolio.

The pension fund is described as Europe's largest institutional investor that held 2,792 billion kronor (approximately RM1.5 trillion) in international stocks and bonds as of end of June.

While it is a national embarrassment, the decision based on recommendation from the GPFG's Council on Ethics should serve as a wake-up call to many quarters in Malaysia.

Don’t approve field release of genetically engineered Aedes mosquitoes

altThe Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) call upon the Director General of Biosafety to reject the application for the field release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes and all related experiments. We in Malaysia are being subjected to an experiment which could bring adverse effects to public health and the environment.

Water conservation initiative in Penang

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd’s (PBAPP) Aquasave programme to promote water conservation in the state. This water conservation effort has been long due.

PBAPP has stated that Penangites are high water users, consuming 286 litres of water per person daily, compared with the national recommendation of 220 litres and United Nations’ recommendation of 165 litres.  This is very high indeed.

BP's trail of destruction

bp-logoThe oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is yet another of a series of spills involving the giant oil company.

By Ash Pemberton

The ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has exposed the obscene behaviour of the world’s fourth-largest corporation, British Petroleum (BP).

The truth about Chernobyl: More reason to rethink nuclear energy – seriously

4,000, 60,000, 244,000 or 500,000 deaths?
By Professor Peter Saunders
chernobyl-2Is Nuclear “one of the safest ways of producing energy”?

There are many reasons for rejecting the nuclear option in the “low carbon economy” as thoroughly reviewed in an ISIS report, Green Energies - 100% Renewable by 2050. One of the biggest question marks hanging over the industry is the potential of another catastrophe on the scale of Chernobyl, or worse.

The industry and its friends insist that we have nothing to worry about; both the design and the operation of nuclear power plants are far better now than they were in 1986, and there is really no chance at all that anything like Chernobyl could happen today.