Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Malaysia must say no to waste incineration

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It is reported that experts from local universities, consultants and representatives of NGOs are expected to study the financial model and suitable locations for the facility. An international tender through a request-for-proposal method is expected to be called middle of this year.

Shrimp culture projects affecting Sungai Sepetang natural environment

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CAP urges the Perak state government, the District and Land Office of Larut, Matang and Selama, the Department of Environment (DOE), the Department of Forestry, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to investigate and take immediate action to address the pollution problems in Sungai Sepetang, near Taiping.

Suffer the consequences of pesticides use

Last week’s mass fish death in Sungai Terla and the eventual forced closure of the Kampung Terla water treatment plant in Cameron Highlands, Pahang are very disturbing news. Tests done by the Chemistry Department found that excessive pesticide use was the cause of the fish deaths. The water treatment plant has been closed until the water is certified safe for consumption.
 
Pesticides are toxic poisons that cause irreversible damage to human health and the environment. Because of heavy use of pesticides in the agriculture sector and at homes, these toxic chemicals are today in every living thing from the tiniest invertebrates to humans.

CAP & SAM censure blueprint for sustainable coastal trawl fisheries

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are deeply troubled by the intentions of the Department of Fisheries (DOF) Malaysia and WWF-Malaysia to come up with a blueprint for sustainable coastal trawl fisheries in Malaysia.

Radioactive waste dump in Malaysia is a super subsidy for Lynas

In recent days we have heard the authorities giving contradictory signals regarding the disposal of radioactive wastes from Lynas.
 
According to the Health Minister, Lynas would be told to move the radioactive wastes outside of Kuantan or ship them back to Australia. This was the agreement reached by him and the Ministers of International Trade and Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Natural Resources and Environment.