Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP calls for a #BetterDigitalWorld 2017

CAP calls for a #BetterDigitalWorld in ensuring the safety of internet users in conjunction with this year’s Consumers World Day theme as proposed by Consumers International, “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age”.

In the digital world today, everything is at the tip of our fingers. However, do we as consumers ensure the safety of our “wellbeing” in the digital world? Over the years, there were many cases from online fraud, data stealing to becoming hubs for immoral activities despite the growing efforts from the government and bodies to ensure optimal cyber security.

Ahead of Chile Meeting, 200+ Civil Society Groups Tell Their Trade Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate the TPP

As trade ministers from across the Pacific rim prepare to discuss the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Chile next week, more than 200 organizations representing citizens across the Pacific Rim urged their governments to accept that the TPP model has failed and to engage in a more open and democratic process to develop genuine alternatives that confront the economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Malaysia should withdraw from the TPP, according to CAP

Given the new developments regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Malaysia should withdraw from the agreement.  It should also stop implementing changes in domestic laws and policies designed to comply with the TPP. Also, the government should not rush into negotiations with the US on a bilateral trade agreement.

President Donald Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the TPP has effectively killed the TPP itself.

Revealed: Massive Hidden Costs of secret RCEP trade deal

Jakarta, December 8th The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in Jakarta, Indonesia this week (December 2-10)[i]. If signed, RCEP would grant corporations the exclusive right to bypass domestic legal systems and sue governments at international tribunals whenever they feel government regulation can limit their profits[ii].

New research reveals that investors have launched 50 lawsuits at secret international arbitration tribunals against governments negotiating the RCEP agreement for a total of at least $31 billion US dollars.

Trawler Vessels and Dredgers Threaten Sungai Batu Fishermen

The daily income of nearly 200 fishermen in Kampung Sungai Batu, Pantai Remis, Perak has been affected by the encroachment of trawler vessels into their fishing zone. The problem that has persisted for more than 10 years has not only threatened the fisheries resources and various species of marine life, but also polluted the Zone A where fishermen make a living from.

In a survey carried out by Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), we found that fish and shrimp caught by fishermen in the area have decreased. Prior to the encroachment, the fishermen could earn more than RM100.00 per day.  But now they only earn RM60.00 per day.