Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Regulate cosmetic surgery

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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.

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CAP lauds Health Minister for statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

We laud the Government of Malaysia and the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, for their concern over the potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on public health in Malaysia.

Need for proper audit of medical items in government hospitals

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Is the recent dumping of unused medical items at the Penang Hospital just the tip of the iceberg to a much bigger problem of lack of supervision over procurement, use and disposal in government hospitals?

What society needs, and what consumers deserve is proactive action on the part of the government, namely the Ministry of Health, to ensure a proper monitoring system over all dealings of hospital with suppliers. It is not prudent spending for hospitals to waste taxpayers’ money to buy medical items in quantities or of types that they do not need, and then to simply discard them.