Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP & SAM Memorandum to the Government on Malaysia’s GM Aedes mosquito planned release

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are deeply concerned of the impending field release of Genetically Modified (GM) mosquitoes after the National Biosafety Board approved an application from the Institute of Medical Research to release GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Following this, we are submitting a memorandum to the Malaysian Government raising our concerns on serious ethical, legal, public health and human rights issues which need to be addressed.

Sugar and obesity

sugar-and-obesityFor years, dietary experts blamed fat as the root of obesity.  Millions of people diligently reduced their fat intake, but they were still fat.  Researchers then began to realise that many people who were taking fat out of their diets were replacing it with sugar — for example, cookies that were free of fats but loaded in sugar and calories.

Clear the confusion over motor policy

The Ministry of Finance and Bank Negara Malaysia owes the public an explanation over conflicting reports about the proposed Third Party Bodily Injury and Death Benefits (TPBID) which is going to replace the third-party motor insurance.

On one hand Bank Negara (which comes under the Ministry of Finance) has said that the TPBID policy is not finalized and has invited the public to give its feedback on it. CAP too submitted its comments on 14th May 2010.

History of cooperative scandals

1) ANGKASA: Alleged Fraud at Umbrella Co-op

Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia (ANGKASA) commenced in 1977 as the umbrella cooperative of the country.

However it has become obvious that all is not well in ANGKASA. Its former President Royal Professor Ungku Aziz voiced his disappointment that SKM’s investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds was still not completed in January 2009.

Obtain prior Informed consent from inhabitants in GM mosquito release sites

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very anxious of the eventual release of the GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka despite objections and concerns raised by NGOs, public and scientists.