Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Deadly diabetes needs drastic measures

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned that diabetes has reached very alarming proportions in the country. Almost 10%, or 2.6 million, of our population are believed to be suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The number of children with diabetes is on the rise with 1,305 cases reported in 2004, compared with 837 in 1999.

Antibiotic-resistant killer bugs spread to communities

The abuse of antibiotics by doctors has led to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which have become increasingly untreatable by modern medicine.

H1N1: The real pandemic

Take swine flu — now renamed. We know it started in La Gloria, a little town in Mexico. We know a young boy suffering from fever in March became the first confirmed victim of the current outbreak, which, even as I write, has claimed some 42 people and affected 2,371 in 24 countries.

What is not said is this ill-fated town is right next to one of Mexico’s biggest hog factories, owned by the world’s largest pig processor, Smithfield Foods. What is also not said is people in this town have repeatedly protested about water pollution, terrible stench and waste against the food giant.

Leptospirosis – Get rid of the rats

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) views with concern the recent outbreak of leptospirosis at a detention camp for illegal immigrants in Bukit Mertajam.

The new facts about fat

Cod-liver oil, the fishy liquid some of us were forced to swallow as children to help ward off colds, may be making a comeback. These days it’s sold in capsules and shares shelf space in the supplements aisle with other omega-3 and fish-oil pills. And an August 2007 study of some 22,000 people from Norway suggests it may help ward off depression.