The Human Resource Ministry disclosed in June 2015 that 92.5% of construction sites do not comply with specifications set by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). This is a serious indictment of the DOSH’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in carrying out its duties to prevent such non-compliance with the laws.
The statistics illustrate the ineffectiveness of DOSH in sending the message across to construction companies that laws have to be complied with at all times. The figures make a mockery of notices at worksites proclaiming “SAFETY FIRST”. Putting up these notices does not absolve the industries from liability for injuries and death. Neither do these notices absolve DOSH from ensuring that all safety precautions have been adhered to.
The Consumers Association of Penang is appalled by the Malaysian cabinet’s decision to regulate the e-cigarette and vaping instead of imposing a total ban on it. Consumers Association of Penang reiterates that the cabinet must impose the total ban on e-cigarette and vaping if they are concerned about future and wellbeing of the youth in this country.
The cabinet ministers indifferences in this issue may pave way for the sprouting of more social problems. It is heart wrenching to learn that some ministers are supporting these vices by maintaining their stand against the ban. Only a few ministers raised their concern over this issue while the rest remain passive.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is upset that the river pollution in Kuala Betis near Gua Musang, Kelantan has claimed the life of a Temiar whilst seven others from the Orang Asli community have been hospitalized, suspected to be suffering from poisoning after drinking river water in this area.
This incident happened probably due to plantation activities in the area which contaminated the river with pesticide residue.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the Ministry of Health to strictly enforce the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009. This is in view of the spate of food poisoning cases that has been occurring in the country.
The latest incident occurred on 24 March 2015 where the Tourism Minister, three state Exco members and 30 senior tourism officials from ASEAN countries suffered severe food poisoning after a seafood meal at a fishing village, in Umbai Malacca. Laboratory tests on the food samples showed that the food served on that day was contaminated with E. Coli bacteria, indicating faecal contamination.
CAP urges the Penang state government to take immediate action to solve the pig waste pollution problem faced by villagers of Kampung Titi Hitam near Sungai Bakap in the Seberang Perai Selatan District here.
The problem arising from a pig sty in this village has caused the area to stink and affects the villagers’ daily lives. The villagers claim to suffer from headaches and nausea because of the foul smell from pig waste.