Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Separate public health services from private business

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) views with concern the plans of the Sabah government to push ahead with the building of a private hospital. Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman is quoted in the press saying that, “although it is a private hospital, we do not have to think of how to profit first”.

Harmful radioactive pendants


In 2010, CAP had raised our concern on the effects of radioactive or scalar energy pendants being sold by direct-sales companies.  CAP brought this matter to the attention of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) after receiving a complaint from a consumer.

After conducting tests on the pendants, the AELB earlier this year informed the Ministry of Health that the Board has decided to ban the use of Quantum Pendant (Fusionexcel) and SE Pendant (Cosway). This is because it has found that the radiation dose rate at the surface of the pendant is higher than that permitted for the public.

Ban On Firecrackers -- Is It On Or Off?


The Consumers’ Association of Penang urges the Customs Excise Department and the Police to intensify nationwide crackdown on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers. If enforcement is beefed up, smuggling and selling of contraband can be curbed.

Instead of a new healthcare financing scheme...

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the news that the Ministry of Health is not going to rush ahead with any implementation of a healthcare financing scheme.

The right to good health has been recognised as a basic human right that everyone possesses. In 1978, the Alma Ata Declaration was adopted by the world community, to which Malaysia was a party. The Declaration proclaimed that by the year 2000, all peoples of the world should attain “a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life”.

Lynas waste thorium for nuclear energy: A real health threat

During the last few weeks the public has heard the wildly positive and optimistic views of both the government and some local scientists concerning the Lynas plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.
On 20th March, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Dr Maximus Ongkili told the Dewan Rakyat that the Lynas plant is safe and not harmful to public health. He said that the effluent from the plant contained low radioactive material. He explained that the effluent was not categorised as a radioactive material waste by the International Atomic Energy Agency, as it contained natural radioactive material (Ongkili: Proposed Gebeng Rare Earth Plant Is Safe, Bernama, 23 March 2011).
Unfortunately, he failed to give the effluent the proper name: TENORM.