Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Procurement Of Questionable Medical Equipment

The Consumers Association of Penang refers to news reports regarding the procurement of questionable medical equipment by the Ministry of Health. We are shocked that the Health Ministry would even consider, let alone actually purchase medical equipment of dubious quality and origins to be used on and by patients. Now that the cats out of the bag, several things come to mind and we feel it is crucial that they be addressed.


Scrap the Irrelevant HPV Vaccination Programme


CAP calls for the scrapping of the National HPV Vaccination Programme for 13-year-old Malaysian girls because it is irrelevant and the vaccines have deadly side-effects.
The RM150 million project which targets 300,000 schoolgirls uses vaccines which protect against 4 HPV (Human Papillomavirus) types which had correlation with cervical cancer. There are about 200 HPV types in total — 40 of which are oncogenic. The vaccines are irrelevant because they ONLY protect against 2 to 4 out of more than 40 cancer-correlated HPV types. Gardasil protects against 4 HPV types and Cervarix protects against 2 HPV types. They do not protect against more than 36 other cancer-correlated HPV types.

Regulate cosmetic surgery


CAP calls on the Ministry of Health to strictly regulate cosmetic surgery, as there are no direct laws to prevent an unqualified person to perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical procedures or to make them face criminal charges even if the patient dies or is disfigured as a result of a botched job.

 Presently the Health Ministry has powers only to act under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act (PHFSA) 1998 and also the Medical Act 1971 if doctors untrained in cosmetic surgery are found to be involved. These antiquated laws are deemed to be insufficient to protect consumers from being duped by these unqualified so-called “cosmetic surgeons”.

Malaysia needs to implement plain cigarette packaging before year end

Since December 2012, Australia became the first country in the world since the last quarter of 2012 to require all tobacco products to be sold in plain packages without any form of branding such as colours, images, corporate logos and trademarks. Though it was first proposed in New Zealand in 1989 and later in several countries, there was a serious hesitation towards plain cigarette packaging till Australia took the first step. This hesitation was due to the enormous challenges and open threats tobacco companies made to governments.

Govt must say “NO” to request for moderate tax hike

With reference to the news report Tobacco players ask for moderation in tax hike (7 August 2012), the CAP strongly urge the government to reject the request of the tobacco industry to impose ‘moderate’ tobacco tax in the pending Budget 2013.