Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Our beloved cars - the price we pay

Since the automobile age began, over 17 million men, women and children have died worldwide as the result of this mobile metal box.

Certainly any other invention which had killed such a great number of people would be heavily scrutinised by the public and placed in the spotlight for serious questioning. Despite the given statistics, we justify the use of our cars at any cost.

Reviving the bicycle for transport

Malaysia is getting more urbanised and motorised today. Our towns and cities are now planned with the needs of cars in mind instead of people’s needs — easily half of the space in our cities is now used for cars. This leads to urban sprawl, which causes even more noise and air pollution that lowers our quality of life.

How government can promote cycling

To promote cycling and encourage more people to commute by bicycle, the Government can implement policies that benefit cyclists.

The following are some steps that have already been taken in other countries to promote bicycle-friendliness and cyclist safety, which the Malaysian government can also adopt:

Globetroting champion of the poor and homeless

jorgeGood Samaritan Father Eduardo Jorge Anzorena, Magsaysay Award winner in International Understanding, believes true philanthropy balances self—preservation and altruism.

Sirimas Chalanuchpong speaks with the globetrotting champion of the homeless.

Modern transport systems do not save time

Modern transportation systems, the writer says, do not save people time, but rather contribute to the modern condition of "not having enough time". They also consume space, emphasise the gap between the rich and the poor, and contribute to the disintegration of communities.