Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Hazards of low-level radiation

Below we reproduce Chapter 5 of "Wasted Lives: Radioactive Poisoning in Bukit Merah" for our readers. It shows the many ill-effects of low-level radiation and its impacts on the residents in Bukit Merah.

What is frightening about radiation is that you cannot see it, feel it, hear it or taste it. You do not have to get into the area of a radioactive dump, dig the soil, bathe in it, or throw it over your head to get hurt.

Reclamation projects in Melaka affect coastal fishers livelihood

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Melaka state government to investigate and take immediate action to resolve the various problems faced by thousands of coastal fishermen in this state following coastal reclamation projects surrounding the city.

Among the problems faced by the fishers are the fishing area has been affected and diminished, marine pollution, sedimentation of mud and sand, dwindling fisheries resources, declining catch and decreasing daily income.


Ban surgeries and risky procedures at beauty salons

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is disturbed that a second person has lost her life at a beauty salon in the space of just a few months.

Puan Noraini Ghazali died following a botched liposuction procedure - apparently as a result of an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic that was administered to her.

Risks from radiological & nuclear medicine examinations

ct-scan1The basis of present day medicine is shared decision making between the doctor and the patient. Empowering a patient to make informed decisions about their treatment is a fundamental principle in medical professionalism. But is this principle translated into clinical practice in so far as radiological and nuclear medicine examinations are concerned?

In general, patients undergoing radiological and nuclear examinations receive no, very little, or inaccurate information regarding the risks involved. Take, for example, the CT Scans and X-rays. They are so common that they are used as if they don’t pose any risk.

The total number of imaging examinations (use of nuclear and X-rays), for instance, account for 2 billion per year. Angiograms are performed routinely by cardiologists; radioisotope studies are common; the use of contrast mediums like iodine is also routine and now we have the Helical CT Scans which carry a high risk of cancer or death.

Malaysian Government should pull out of the TPPA as the negotiations reach a conclusion this week

Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will take place this week and next week in Hawaii. It is expected to be the last round of the TPPA negotiations. The Chief Negotiators and their team will meet on 24 - 27 July followed by the meeting of the Ministers of Trade on 28-31 July.

The Ministers are expected to resolve all the outstanding issues and to conclude the TPPA text by 31 July. After some editing and “legal scrubbing”, the Agreement is expected to be signed in October or November 2015.