Consumers Association of Penang

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Revoke approval for field trial of genetically modified mosquitoes

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) call upon the National Biosafety Board (NBB) to revoke the approval given to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in October 2010 to release genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for the purpose of a field experiment.
 
The applicant and implementer of the field trial is the IMR which had developed the GM mosquitoes in a joint research with UK-based biotech company Oxitec Ltd. The field trial which was supposed to be carried out last December in uninhabited and inhabited sites in the districts of Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka was reportedly delayed because of bad weather.

Risk Assessment of GM mosquito planned release is incomplete and lacks transparency, says GeneWatch UK

The Risk Assessment (RA) report of the Malaysian Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) on the planned release of GM Aedes mosquitoes in Malaysia is incomplete and the RA process needs to be more transparent. These comments were made in a 13-page report by GeneWatch UK, a scientific organisation involved in genetic engineering and biosafety issues.

Memorandum on Malaysia’s nuclear power proposal

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) oppose the development of nuclear power plants in Malaysia and are very disturbed to read that the government has already decided on the proposed nuclear energy programme without genuine public consultation. Nuclear power has been generating energy for the world for more than half a century, but it is not without problems. It is an expensive, uneconomic, unsafe, polluting and dangerous technology. It creates nuclear waste of which there is yet a safe way to store and the potential for catastrophic accidents. Nuclear power is not only potentially disastrous to human lives and the environment, but is also now economically, socially and environmentally inferior to other new energy technologies.
 
As such, we are submitting a memorandum to the Malaysian Government and other agencies raising our concerns on serious public health, environmental, radioactive waste, nuclear catastrophe, energy cost, efficiency and policy reform issues which need to be addressed.

Organic SRI rice: higher yields and safe for us and the environment

altA participant at the CAP Go Natural fair, Cik Salwatinisa from Tunjong, Kelantan proudly displayed a range of organic SRI rice, farmed and milled for consumption by her company, Sunnah Tani Sdn. Bhd. in Tunjong, Kelantan.

SRI is an acronym for System of Rice Intensification, a method of rice cultivation developed and popularised in Madagascar in the 1980’s. SRI is not a standardised technological method. More importantly, it is a methodology for comprehensively managing resources — changing the way land, seeds, water, nutrients and human labour are used.

Memorandum on Malaysia’s GM Aedes mosquito planned release

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are deeply concerned of the impending field release of Genetically Modified (GM) mosquitoes after the National Biosafety Board approved an application from the Institute of Medical Research to release GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. 


Following this, we are submitting a memorandum to the Malaysian Government raising our concerns on serious ethical, legal, public health and human rights issues which need to be addressed.