Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

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.


Do not fluoridate our water

CAP is concerned that water fluoridation is to be re-introduced into Sabah's public wat er supply next year as reported in Bernama dated 28 December 2010.

Water fluoridation was discontinued in 1989 by the then Sabah State Government which feared that inadequate supervision in the process of adding fluoride to the water could cause adverse effects.  It is reported that the imminent water fluoridation project is under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) with an allocation of RM2.5 million.

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.

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.

Alarming medical error statistics

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) recently came across the findings presented in the Research Highlights of a study on “Patient Safety in Primary Care”. This study was conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in 12 of their primary care clinics in 4 states in Malaysia.