Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP: Immediate ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides

The Consumers Association of Penang reiterate its calls to  the authorities to impose an immediate ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides as it is found to be hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment.

Recently a man from Brooklyn USA is seeking $5 million claims in a class action law suit against Pepsico the company that produces Quaker Oats. According to the lawsuit the famous breakfast food claims that it is 100% Natural as false, deceptive and misleading  because the company uses glyphosate in processing its oats.

The substance is used both as a weed killer and it is sprayed on the oats as a drying  agent shortly before harvest claim the man from Brooklyn  in his federal court lawsuit.

The Need To Conduct More Frequent Clinical Audit And Enforcement Activities In The Private Sector

The recent case involving the death of the son-in-law of the Deputy Prime Minister who had been given anaesthesia by unqualified personnel in a private dental facility raises a big question with regard auditing of private healthcare facilities. This particular case received nation-wide attention because it involved a family member of a VIP. There could easily be many more such unreported cases among the lay public.

Impose Price Control On Pharmaceutical Drugs

The Consumer Association of Penang calls for the urgent implementation of price control on pharmaceutical drugs.  As stated by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin in a local daily, “Malaysians have been paying excessive prices for pharmaceutical drugs due to an absence of government control.”

CAP has been calling for pharmaceutical drugs price control for years but it has fallen on deaf ears. Pharmaceutical drugs are an essential item and health is a basic need. Escalating drug prices put a tremendous strain on the financial resources of the Government and the public. It is about time pharmaceutical drug price control is implemented.

CAP OBJECTS THE USE OF DRONES FOR AERIAL SPRAYING OF PESTICIDES IN PADDY FIELDS

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is very concerned and strongly object the decision made by the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (MADA) to encourage rice farmers to use drones for spraying pesticides onto their paddy fields as a pest control method.

Aerial spraying of pesticides will not only cause serious air pollution but also exacerbate health problems associated with pesticides, more easily and widely.

Depression and its many causes

depression-drawing-colourWe all feel “down” or “blue” at times. All of us have days when we feel “depressed”. Usually, these feelings are temporary, and we can have a great day tomorrow. Even when we have a bad day, we can still find enjoyment in things. These occasional bad days are part of life and not depression.

Sometimes though, these feelings may persist for several days or even weeks. This is common following the break-up of a relationship or other unpleasant event.  In many cases, the sadness or depressed mood may accompany problems such as loss of appetite, overeating, sleeplessness, excessive sleeping, lack of energy and drive, loss of interest and joy, etc. This is when depression becomes a medical illness.