Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Frogs are in danger of extinction

frogFrogs which play an important part in reducing the number of insects and pests in padi fields are commonly slaughtered to satisfy the palates of Malaysian gourmets. Seasoned with garlic and fried chillies frogs are a gastronomic delight in restaurants. Frog meat and legs have become the pride of Malaysian cuisine.

Without creepy crawlies we won't survive

In his book, The Diversity of Life, renowned entomologist Edward O. Wilson discusses the importance of insects and land-dwelling arthropods in the ecosystem, saying that “if [they] all were to disappear, humanity probably could not last more than a few months”. Most other life forms, like amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals would also become extinct because of the domino effect that would occur in the food chain.

The very word insects conjures up images of creepy crawlies that hide in dark places and jump at you when you least expect it. People are actually terrified of them and they are always viewed as a nuisance.

The rights of an ant

Raju Z Moray

I SAW a little red ant crawling up my sleeve. Without batting an eyelid I slapped it out of existence. Nothing unusual? Right! You would have done the same thing yourself? Absolutely! Now just wait a minute. Think of it this way. I just sentenced a living creature to death. It had done me no harm. It was probably just lost and trying to find its way home. To its loved ones, waiting. But I had a fear. Fear that it may bite me. So it was my problem. My psychological problem. And I killed another living creature because of it.

Oh no, not monkeys in apartments

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is pleased that the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is reviewing the licences of pet owners in urban and apartment buildings and hopefully will also stop issuing them licences.

Apartments and industrial areas are not ideal places for the keeping of macaques. Life in captivity would be stressful for the animals in addition to the stress experienced as a result of captivity and confinement.