Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Overflowing Leachate From Pulau Burung Sanitary Landfill Polluting Water Bodies And The Environment

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Penang Inshore Fishermen Welfare Association (PIFWA) are very concerned over the critical level of leachate from a retention pond in the Pulau Burung Sanitary Landfill in Nibong Tebal, Penang.

The Penang State Government, Municipal Council of Seberang Perai (MPSP), Department of Environment (DOE), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), and the Forestry Department of Penang should immediately investigate this matter because landfill leachate typically contain ammonia, heavy metals, organic compounds and other hazardous pollutants.

No Transport Hub at Prangin Canal, Please

By Khoo Salmah Nasution

President, Penang Heritage Trust

The newly announced Penang Transport Masterplan proposes a transport hub at the Prangin Canal. The open space is important to the people who live and work around it. The Prangin Market, the Prangin Canal, the heritage shophouses and the underground remains make this place rich with social memory.

Prangin Canal was built in 1804 as part of a defensive moat around George Town. It later became a busy waterway for small boats and the area around the Prangin Market developed into a bustling trading place. Today the Prangin Canal is located at the edge of the George Town World Heritage Site.

Public Response to The Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP)

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, wish to issue the following statement in response to the Penang Master Transport Plan.

We support the idea of a transport masterplan and the need to prioritise public transport over the present private car-centric transport system. We wish to commend the Penang State Government for this pro-active move. However there are very fundamental and critical issues that need to be addressed before the current proposals by SRS are acceptable.

Trees for the Earth

Mr Mohideen Vice President of CAP planting a tree.

CAP celebrates Earth Day 2016

Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year, equivalent to 48 football fields every minute. This is outrageous. In Malaysia, we have been losing our precious trees to make way for development, logging, large-scale plantations, urbanization, road projects, etc. Our task now is to stop indiscriminate felling of trees and start planting more trees.

In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues.  In honour of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, the Earth Day Network has announced Trees for the Earth, a plan to plant 7.8 billion trees by Earth Day 2020: one tree for every person on the planet.

 

Odour Pollution: An Environmental Pollution that Must be Abated -- Government Should Serve People not Corporations

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the authorities to seriously consider odour as an important environmental pollution issue as it affects communities’ quality of life and infringes our right for a clean environment. Efforts to abate odour levels are necessary in order to maintain the quality of the environment and hence life.

CAP is disappointed in the manner the Penang State government, Municipal Council of Seberang Perai (MPSP) and other government agencies has handled the complaint of odour pollution that has had a great impact on the community in Kampung Tok Subuh, Juru near Bukit Mertajam, Seberang Perai Tengah.

Residents and commercial operators here have been suffering from ill health, restricted their outdoor activities and live in an unpleasant environment since a screw coating factory started operation here a couple of years ago. The smell of thinner used in the factory’s operations is unbearable to some.