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?
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
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.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) text was finally released on 5 November 2015. This comes almost five years after Malaysia joined the negotiations, during which the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) had consistently called for disclosure of the text. It is unconscionable that the government has negotiated an agreement that will greatly impact the lives of all Malaysians in secret, for so long.
Yet, the two cost-benefit analyses and national interest analysis that the Ministry of International Trade and Industry had promised to carry out and disclose, are only going to be made available in about two weeks time. The pledge to do so was actually made more than two years ago. It belies all understanding that the government should fail to release these documents, when – at least even in preliminary form – these should have been carried out and made public before entering into the negotiations.
Despite widespread international opposition, trade officials from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Atlanta, USA announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement on a devastating trade deal that threatens people and the planet.
The final texts are expected to be available within weeks. The TPP trade ministers’ press release states that to formalize the outcomes of the agreement, negotiators will continue technical work to prepare a complete text for public release, including the legal review, translation, and drafting and verification of the text.
Hence the fight is not over, the TPP still faces a number of procedures and challenges before being ratified at the national level. Firstly, the TPP is not yet signed and Malaysia will still have to decide whether to sign. The public and Parliament can still make their views known, and influence the government not to sign. Secondly the text of the TPP is still a secret and it is imperative that it be released so that the public can know what exactly it says and its implications.