Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Promote Cycling as a Public Health Policy: Make Cycling Safe and Convenient to Create Healthy Malaysians


Cycling and walking should be introduced as a central feature in our public health policy. The benefits can be enormous for the better health of Malaysians and these activities can save the country billions of ringgit in health and productivity costs.

 Yes, cycling is becoming popular among Malaysians for recreational purposes. It is time for the Government to tap on this popularity and make bicycles a mode of transport, thus making cycling a daily exercise routine for Malaysians. This can be done through a National Cycling Policy to provide safe and convenient infrastructure for cyclists. These 2 issues are the main hindrances for the use of bicycles as a mode of transport. The regular and widespread use of cycling to workplaces, schools and for errands will increase physical activity among Malaysians, in turn creating healthier and more productive citizens.

Plain packaging laws for cigarettes – Malaysia should emulate Australian move immediately!

Australia became the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging laws for cigarettes in July 2011. A month before it could even get that Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 legislated, the Asian arm of Philip Morris demanded compensation from Australia.


Drastically Raise Cigarette Prices in Our Next Budget

The Government should raise cigarette prices to RM30 from the current RM10 for a pack of 20 sticks if it is really serious about curbing the smoking scourge.

This is because using “price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco” is one of the most effective ways to reduce cigarette consumption among smokers and deter potential smokers. This measure is recognised by tobacco control experts and also the Parties in the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), of which Malaysia is a Party since 2005.


Bicycle Campaign 15 Sept 2012

Cycling is one of the greatest mode of transportation to help ease the pollution problem and protect environment. Thus in conjunction with the World Environment Day, CAP is organising our 13th Bicycle Campaign with the cooperation of the Penang Department of Environment and Penang Department of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives & Consumerism.


CAP’s Healthy Lifestyle Campaign


Health Exhibition at Penang GH, 16-20 July 2012

 The Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to keep away from products that damage health and practise a healthy lifestyle.  The consumption of unhealthy foods rich in sugar, fat, salt and chemicals and the modern sedentary lifestyle of Malaysians have led to steep rises in non-communicable diseases. Nearly two-thirds of Malaysians suffer from them.

 The latest statistics from Ministry of Health, showed that more than 17 million Malaysians or 60.7 per cent of the population are currently living with non-communicable disease (NCD) with many more undiagnosed. 14.9% and 43% of Malaysians aged above 30 suffer from diabetes and hypertension respectively, with 20.7% of adults over 18 suffering from high cholesterol.