Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Do away with fuel subsidy for good

The inescapable fact is that fuel subsidy will eventually have to be scrapped as it is economically untenable in the long run. The question is when? Our answer is now is the right time as crude oil price is tumbling.

IWK Proposes A Change In Its Tariff System

Recently, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) was in a Meeting with Indah Water Consortium (IWK) and the National Water Service Commission (SPAN), where IWK announced its plans to change the current tariff system from the standard monthly rate to a system based on water consumption instead, which will incidentally increase the IWK bills for many consumers. They plan to implement this change sometime in January 2015.

Malaysia may lose by RM5 billion from trade in the TPPA, besides damage in other areas: The Government should thus exit from the TPPA negotiations

A new paper by a senior economist working in a United Nations agency has shown that Malaysia will not enjoy a net gain in terms of its trade balance as a result of joining the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Instead, Malaysia will suffer a decline in its trade balance with the other eleven TPPA countries by nearly RM5 billion.

 This finding provides another major reason why Malaysia should not join the TPPA.

Stop Wasting Money on Souvenirs!

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) commends the move by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah requesting that neither he nor the Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim are to be given souvenirs when they attend official state functions. During these trying times, it warms the heart to read of the humility and practicality of one of our nation’s leaders.

Industry first or people first? - Government of Malaysia suppresses oil palm smallholders in the interests of industry

Thousands of oil palm smallholders in Sarawak are severely impacted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board’s (MPOB) directive prohibiting traders from purchasing fresh fruit bunches (FFBs) of ‘suspicious’ origins. The directive came into effect since 1 July, 2014.

It has come to Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)’s knowledge that at least in the Baram region of the Miri division of Sarawak, the directive has subsequently resulted in the revocation and suspension of trading licences following subsequent enforcement actions by MPOB.