Consumers Association of Penang

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Chemical-Free Sustainable Farming is the Way Forward

Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President of Consumers’ Association of Penang on 26 May 2016 in Penang.

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ahmad Zakaria bin Mohamad Sidek

Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia

Encik Azahar bin Haji Ibrahim

Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Negeri Pulau Pinang

Saudara-saudari sekalian.

I deeply appreciate everyone present here today for sparing your time to join us in welcoming the Director General of Agriculture’s visit to learn about CAP’s sustainable farming project.

We thank all teachers, students, farmers from Penang, Kedah and Perak who are here today and who have been actively involved in CAP’s sustainable farming projects all these years.  We also have strong support from the public and media who has been highlighting our farming ventures.  Thank you all.

Malaysian wildlife trade hampering conservation efforts

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses great concern that Malaysia has been, for the wrong reasons, identified by TRAFFIC (a wildlife trade monitoring network) as a popular transit country used by criminal networks for the lucrative illegal wildlife trade.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on 5th June, is Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife. It is apt for SAM to reiterate our call to the relevant authorities to stamp out illegal wildlife trade that put Malaysia in the wrong spotlight:

  • Malaysia was the top exporter of tropical logs in 2013 (3.5 million cu m),
  • A primary source of illegal shipment of agarwood (7 metric tonnes between 2005 and 2014 seized),
  • One of the top reptile skin illegal exporters.
  • In 2010 and 2013 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) destroyed a total of more than 2,241 poachers’ traps and 1,728 illegal camps.

PRICE TAGGING LAWS MUST BE ENFORCED

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism to enforce the Price Control Act 1946 Amendment 1973, Section 8 (1) which requires traders to display price tags on goods that are meant for sale.

Halt the Mission – Nuclear Energy is NOT an Option!

The Malaysian Coalition Against Nuclear (MyCAN) is appalled that the Malaysian Government is determined to go down the nuclear energy route with the completion of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission for Phase 1 of ‘readiness’ that was conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last October.

When receiving the final mission report from the IAEA on March 8, at the sideline of the 8th Annual Nuclear Power Asia Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri proclaimed that Malaysia is ‘thoroughly prepared’ to decide on adoption of nuclear power generation.