Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Doesn’t Malaysia’s Environment Matter? Stop the Export of Sand

River sand mining operation in Pinang Tunggal which had caused impacts to environment and communities.

Sahabat  Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses its shock on the latest news by Free Malaysia Today (FMT) dated 29 of October which reported on the arrival of the first batch of Malaysian sand to Thoothukudi Port in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

The export of sand went ahead despite protest and criticism from various NGOs in Malaysia, when the issue was made public a few months back.

SAM had written to several Ministries to get clarification regarding the export of sand from Malaysia, but have yet to receive a response on this matter.

PRICE TAGGING LAWS MUST BE ENFORCED

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism to enforce the Price Control Act 1946 Amendment 1973, Section 8(1) which requires traders to display price tags on goods meant for sale.

Our repeated survey around Penang Island showed most traders openly violating the Price Control Act. The survey showed as follows:

Re-introduce inheritance tax and adjust certain existing taxes to help bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) would like to address concerns aired over a recent rumour on the possible introduction of inheritance tax (NST, 29 Aug 2017: MOF deny rumours of inheritance tax in BUDGET 2018).

Implemented properly, inheritance tax (as well as other relevant forms of taxation like wealth tax, capital gains tax and gift tax) provides important revenue for state coffers from the highly rich, and not from those in lower income brackets.

US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Irresponsible and Unethical

The announcement by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is both irresponsible and unethical.

The US is the world’s largest historical emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and to walk away from the Paris Agreement is an abdication of its responsibility which condemns both present and future generations as well as the planet to grave peril and danger.

Tobacco – A threat to development

The World No Tobacco Day which will be celebrated on 31 May has Tobacco – A threat to development and it is timely because tobacco use has posed as a scourge on the development of a country. Malaysia is not an exception because tobacco use has imposed a massive social and economic cost over the decades when the money spent could have been used for its development.

To understand the myths and fallacies that we have been fed by the tobacco industry, we have to look back into history to understand the present and the future.

On the contrary to what was believed, tobacco cultivation required heavy subsidy from the industry. Increased cultivation costs made local tobacco leaf expensive, e.g. in 1982, the price of domestically produced tobacco was RM68.25 per kg as compared with RM18.25 per kg Cost, Insurance, Freight (C.I.F.) value of imported tobacco.