Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Astro’s monopoly has short-changed Malaysian TV viewers

Malaysians are gullible enough to be taken for a long ride by Astro, as the government has given Astro too much leeway. This has caused Malaysian TV viewers to be short-changed and at the same time snuffed out other operators from entering the market and providing better service. Such a phenomenon is only seen in Malaysia, with only one pay TV operator given exclusive licence for 20 years.

Abort tunnel vision

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CAP would like to reiterate most emphatically its opposition to the latest mega-project  proposed by the Penang state government to resolve the state’s traffic problem. The project comprises a 6.5km undersea tunnel from Gurney Drive to Bagan Ajam in Butterworth,  a 4.2km Pesiaran Gurney-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass, a 4.6km Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway-Bandar Baru Air Itam bypass, and a four-lane 12km road linking Tanjung Bungah with Teluk Bahang.

Why CAP is against the One-Way Traffic System in Pulau Tikus

The new traffic system in Pulau Tikus in Penang is a retrogressive measure as it places emphasis on moving cars at the expense of the community, pedestrians, cyclists and the disabled.

Pulau Tikus is an integrated community of mixed commercial, office, institutional, religious, residential and educational uses. It is a unique neighbourhood for good food, shopping and marketing with all the modern conveniences of the post office and banks plus places of worship – all within walking and cycling distances.

Urban Garden Training

CAP is organising an "Urban Garden Training" for public who are keen in practicing own gardening. The training includes demonstration on converting kitchen waste into compost, pot mixtures and techniques of growing vegetables. It will be held on 12th March 2016, 8.45am till 11.30am at CAP office, 10 Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penang. Only limited number of people is allowed for the training. Kindly call Subbarow 012-5374899 to register yourself.

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.