Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

'NO’ TO BEER FEST

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is of the view that Oktoberfest, a German beer festival, should never be permitted at all and we have been consistent in our stand.

We launched a nationwide anti-alcohol campaign in 1988 to tackle the problem from different angles. This tireless effort came in the form of numerous letters and memos to the authorities, coaxing them to take action, especially in the form of effective legislation.

ONE MONTH AFTER THE LEMBAH PERMAI LANDSLIDE

The last of the 11 victims was retrieved two days after a landslide buried construction site workers at Lorong Lembah Permai 3 in Tanjong Bungah on 21 October 2017. The majority of the victims were from Bangladesh. Out of that official number of victims, 4 were from Bangladesh, 3 from Myanmar, 2 from Indonesia, and 1 each from Pakistan and Malaysian.

Three other workers — an Indonesian, a Bangladeshi and a Myanmar national – narrowly escaped death and were warded in the Penang Hospital.

SAM Urges Authorities To Address Problems Faced By Teluk Bahang Coastal Fishers

PENANG: Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Penang state government and local authority to investigate and take immediate action to address the problems faced by the Teluk Bahang coastal fishers here.

In a survey conducted by SAM after receiving complaints from the fishermen, we found that the pollution from concrete wastes on coastal and marine areas here was severe and endangered the fishermen. The rocks and piles found in this area can cause injuries not only to fishermen but also to the public who frequent this area.

BANKRUPTCY CASES AILS THE NATION

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned about the number of Malaysians driven to bankruptcy or on the brink of it. More than quarter of a million people – 294,000 Malaysians to be exact – are involved in bankruptcy cases. It is largely attributed to their failure to settle their hire purchase loans, credit card loans, personal loans, housing loans and social guarantors (due to errant debtors).

According to a 2013 news report, most of those bankrupts were from the 35 to 44 (34 per cent) age group. It is worrying that some 22,663 Malaysians under the age of 35 have been reported bankrupt from 2011 to September 2015. They are supposed not to be smudged by bankruptcy particularly at this point in life when they are building their career and family.

Electrocution of Elephant Should Not Be Taken Lightly

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is astounded at the death of yet another wild elephant in Gerik, Perak. The incident occurred on January 3rd when a 40 year old female elephant was electrocuted by a live wire on a construction site.

The herd of elephants come into populated areas foraging for food.  These pachyderms have lost their natural habitats due to  extensive and uncontrolled land clearance leading to increasingly fragmented habitats.  According to an elephant expert,  suitable habitat is lost when roads are built that traverse grasslands and bring automobile traffic.