Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Open reply to Penang Chief Minister’s open letter to CAP on the RM6.3 billion mega project

Dear Yang Amat Berhormat,
I wish to thank you for the personal invitation, extended in your open letter, to a meeting to discuss CAP’s and SAM’s concerns over the RM6.3 billion mega-project to build a 7 km undersea tunnel and 3 highways. I regret I cannot accept the publicised personal invitation because, in our culture, we do not invite people to meetings by open letters. In any case, a meeting will be futile and not serve any purpose since, according to press reports, the state government has already awarded the project to a private company despite opposition from many NGOs.

What’s wrong with the TPPA?

(Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement)

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While ostensibly it is about trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) goes far beyond the trade of goods and services. It will affect the health, social, economic, political, civic, educational and cultural future of Malaysia’s 28 million people.

Malaysia is currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with the US and nine other countries to open up the economies of the Asia-Pacific and changing the way trade and investments are regulated in the region. The TPPA countries currently participating in the negotiations are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Viet Nam.

They seek to conclude and sign the agreement by October 2013! So what’s wrong with the TPPA?

CAP and SAM are impartial

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The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) strongly condemn the irresponsible statement by Datuk Fuad Hassan, Director General of JASA (Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas/ Department of Special Affairs) that he suspects we have an understanding with those who want to see that the Barisan Nasional Government be brought down. The allegation is baseless and highly defamatory.

Invitation to Penang Forum 5

We have heard of the state government’s plan to turn Penang into an international city. Does this coincide with civil society’s vision of Penang as a liveable place? Come and join in the discussion.

A Public Dialogue With The Chief Minister: "A Vision For An International Liveable City"

DATE & TIME:
4 August 2012 (Saturday)
2.00 - 5.00 pm

VENUE:
Bosch Hall, Pusat Penyayang/Caring Society Complex
(next to Penang Governor's House)

ORGANIZER:
Penang Forum, a coalition of Penang-based NGOs

Abandoned housing projects: Is Malaysia a lawless country?

It is scandalous that 195 housing projects could have been carried out by unlicenced housing developers under the eyes of various parties that could have prevented this happening. At a conservative estimate of 100 units per project, this means at least 19,500 purchasers were cheated. The Ministry of Housing should disclose the actual number of house buyers affected. There could still be more illegal projects not uncovered yet.