Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Malaysia’s fisheries sector threatened

CAP urges the Kedah Fisheries Department and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to take immediate action to overcome the serious threat of push nets, purse seines and illegal trawlers in the state.

The problem has become more serious and affects the daily income of more than 2,000 fishermen here as their catches of fish and prawns have declined.

MOSTI and AELB must explain the new requirement for Lynas

We refer to the report that MOSTI (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) and AELB (Atomic Energy Licensing Board) are applying another two conditions to Lynas and in relation to the PSC report due to be tabled to the Parliament tomorrow.

CAP protests logging in Gunung Inas forest reserve

CAP urges the Kedah state government to immediately stop logging and exploitation of the forest reserve in Gunung Inas, Baling as it has potential to cause adverse impacts to the environment and socio-economy of the locals.  Furthermore the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed project has yet to be approved by the Department of Environment (DOE).

Penang’s environment threatened by rapid and unsustainable development

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CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) find that the beauty of Penang’s natural environment is slowly losing its shine due to the rapid pace of development.

In conjunction with the World Environment Day on 5th June, CAP and SAM in a protest against rapid and unsustainable development today urged the state government to do the needful in ensuring that each proposed development that is implemented does not affect the environment and the lives of local residents.

We want green hills in Penang, not concrete jungles

 Over the past few years, hills in Penang have been slowly losing their green lustre and now blemished with concrete buildings. Houses and high-rise buildings have cropped up in the hill slopes in Paya Terubong, Sungai Ara, Tanjung Bungah, Bukit Gambier, Bukit Jambul, Batu Ferringhi, etc.

Hills serve a variety of important ecological functions ranging from regulating the microclimate to maintaining the hydrological regime. Local communities in Penang also benefit from the hills as a source of water, for outdoor activities and some just enjoy its greenery and aesthetical value.  However these benefits are slowly diminishing as some of the hills in Penang are threatened by development projects.