Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Changing education paradigms

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This animation was adapted from a talk given at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award. He is an author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries. In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Address problems in Pantai Merdeka immediately

CAP urges the Kedah state government to pay serious attention and take immediate action to address the problem of cleanliness and dire state of basic amenities in a picnic area in Pantai Merdeka near Sungai Petani.

Our Broadband Performance is a Mockery

Internet is an essential utility in this information age. How can Malaysia aspire to achieve developed status when our broadband Internet speeds seem to be grinding to a halt half the time?

Gurney Wharf: An Artificial Waterfront Park-in-the-City

The Penang state government had unveiled plans for a new seafront public park named as Gurney Wharf on the foreshore of Gurney Drive that is soon to be reclaimed. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcome the rehabilitation of the Gurney Drive foreshore and creation of parks for more greenery, BUT not in this manner.

The waterfront park will be created on land to be reclaimed by Tanjung Pinang Development Sdn Bhd (TPD), and will feature a seaside retail food and beverage area, water gardens, a man-made beach and a coastal grove. TPD is reclaiming an additional 131 acres along Gurney Drive for the Penang government as per its concession agreement for reclaiming land for Seri Tanjung Pinang 2.

CAP calls on Government not to join UPOV that does not safeguard rights of small farmers

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) strongly calls on the Malaysian Government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991).

CAP has learnt that the Malaysian government has been under increasing pressure to agree to such a move, and we are most worried and fear that the government will give way and join UPOV, which will be against the interests of our small farmers, local researchers and the protection of our biodiversity.