Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Prioritize our Megafauna, Not Panda

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) previously warned and anticipated news of the costly upkeep of the pandas in Zoo Negara.  In fact it is to be expected considering that pandas are the most expensive animal in the world to keep.

As far back as 2009 and 2012 SAM had strongly objected to the deal, being highly critical of the move to bring in the pandas which the Chinese government is happy to rent out for a six figure fee.  At that time the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment and Zoo Negara had an attack of panda-mania which conjure up the entire brouhaha drowning out the concerns of NGOs and the public.

Since pandas are the superstars of endangered species, charming gentle and vulnerable, a single animal can mean millions of visitor dollars, so it will raise a dwindling zoo revenue. Studies of zoos having pandas show there is a ‘honeymoon period’ when visitors flock to see them.  Over time, the panda presence will have less to do with conservation or education and more to do with bringing in the gate collections.  When revenue starts to decrease the panda cub will bring in more visitors to offset the cost of keeping the animals.

SAM & CAP Objects To The Proposed Fish Terminal Project In Kuala Kedah

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) objects to the Kedah state government’s proposal to construct a Fishery Terminal in Tebengau near Kuala Kedah because it will adversely affect the environment and livelihoods of coastal fishers here.

The RM1.831 billion mega project known as the Kedah Integrated Fishery Terminal (KIFT) is reported to be fully funded by Lu Hai Feng Development Sdn Bhd from China.  The project is proposed to begin next year after approval was obtained from the National Physical Planning Council last month.

Furor over Penang Forum letter to UNESCO is unjustified

Much furor has been created over Penang Forum’s letter to UNESCO requesting for an advisory mission and an impact assessment of the proposed Penang Transport Master Plan and how it might affect the Outstanding Universal Value of Penang’s World Heritage property.

NGOs have been accused of putting Penang’s world heritage status at risk and back stabbing the Penang State.

Are these accusations justified?


Stop Indiscriminate Increase Of Price Of Vegetables

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism and Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) to take immediate steps to bring down the price of vegetables which has increased up to 350% during this Ramadan month.

The Following prices listed below give the comparative price






CAP calls on the Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism to investigate the above price increases as average income earners will be badly effected by escalating price of goods especially in this Ramadan month.

CAP has also been repeatedly calling for FAMA to take control of the marketing and distribution of vegetables in the country but our call has fallen on deaf ears.

Press Statement, 8 June 2016

CAP calls on MPs to reject TPPA

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the Government is making a mockery of Parliament by seeking a blank cheque for the country to be tied to the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

In its resolution before Parliament the Government wants a mandate to sign AND ratify the TPPA. Signing before a full understanding of the implications of the host of new obligations and commitments is bad enough, but to ask Parliament to agree to ratification that is a legally binding step at this stage is tantamount to the Government admitting it will disregard growing consternation from many Malaysians.