Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Rescue and Capture Techniques for Wildlife Needed

Some weeks ago we learnt  of a tragic death of a 6m crocodile after being rescued from a dam in Klang.   To be able to leave up to that size is no mean feat having escaped from its predator  – man -  all this while in a country that has traditionally had a great mistrust of them.

While it was the good intention of the Fire and Rescue Department officers to free  the reptile from its fate, its death brings to mind a very important unanswered question.

Stop Live Transport : International Awareness Day

Transporting of livestock.

Most people interested in animal welfare would agree that transporting livestock destined for slaughter across a country, an ocean or a continent is a practice that should be discontinued.

Though the status of  animal transport in each region presents a somewhat different context, the basic  problems of overcrowding, rough handling and ill effects from long rides without rest are essentially the same in all parts of the world. Long distance livestock transport in itself is economically inefficient, but persists largely because of inefficient investment in developing the alternatives.

Doesn’t Malaysia’s Environment Matter? Stop the Export of Sand

River sand mining operation in Pinang Tunggal which had caused impacts to environment and communities.

Sahabat  Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses its shock on the latest news by Free Malaysia Today (FMT) dated 29 of October which reported on the arrival of the first batch of Malaysian sand to Thoothukudi Port in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

The export of sand went ahead despite protest and criticism from various NGOs in Malaysia, when the issue was made public a few months back.

SAM had written to several Ministries to get clarification regarding the export of sand from Malaysia, but have yet to receive a response on this matter.

TBRA: Halt short-sighted urban planning

Penang: Tanjung Bunga Residents’ Association (TBRA) is once again calling for the State to halt all short-sighted and patchy urban planning that continue to cause more flooded homes, uprooted trees, power cuts, and making travel inconvenient.

TBRA wants the State to relook at all its urban and sub-urban development projects to see how it can improve the State’s ability to resist and absorb floods. Flood resilience should be a matter of intense and consistent focus by the government in light of the worsening flood conditions in Penang.

Stall the imposition of 6% service tax on mobile prepaid users

CAP calls on the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to stall the move by the telco companies to impose the 6% service tax on mobile prepaid users.

The telco companies claim that they have been for absorbing the tax since its imposition in 1998 and due to dwindling revenues, they have now to pass it on to the consumers. To say that their revenues are dwindling is far from true.