Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Test Loom Bands and Clear Confusion

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As of late there has been a lot of conflicting news in circulation about loom band and phthalates – a harmful chemical commonly found in plastic products. Looms bands have become a nationwide craze; popular among children and adults alike. Therefore it is a concern for us, the Consumer’s Association of Penang, that there are such contradictory reports on whether or not loom bands are safe. We believe it is crucial that all loom bands be tested and the results of said test be released to the public so consumers may know what is safe and what is not.

Growing evidence of illnesses and cancer among electronics workers

Global advocates challenge electronics industry to prevent harm from toxic chemicals

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), an industry association representing over 100 electronics companies, met in Brussels on 16 March 2015 to discuss chemical management strategies. At this meeting, a formal Challenge to the electronics industry endorsed by more than 200 civil society groups from electronics production countries and across the globe was delivered, urging the industry to take meaningful actions to prevent harm and to be accountable to workers and nearby communities by improving chemical safety.

 

CAP calls for smoking ban to be extended to all public places

CAP fully supports the move by the Ministry of Health to ban smoking at all eateries.

The ban would be in line with Malaysia's commitments under the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and with measures adopted by other countries the world over to curb smoking in public areas.

Ban vaping in hotels and other public places as well

The government recently announced the intention to ban smoking in hotels by end of 2016 and subsequently extend it to other public places. Hoteliers from the Malaysian Association of Hotels, however, wondered if the Tobacco Control and Smoking Bill will provide designated smoking zones. Until the implementation of the ban, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) stands firm that the government must not accede to any appeals to designate smoking areas such as cigar bars.

Our high medicine prices are killing patients

Control astronomical prices of medicines now

Expenditure on medicines comprise a large share of total health expenditure. The Ministry of Health (MOH) expenditure on medicines has been steadily increasing from RM1.61 billion in 2010; to RM1.76 billion in 2011; RM1.98 billion in 2012 and RM2.2 billion in 2013. This was an increase of 36.5% in the span of 3 years.

Medicines expenditure will only increase in the future with an ageing population, the shift to chronic diseases, new patented medicines at monopoly prices, and the increased demand for health care.

Ensuring universal access to medicines and meeting the health needs of the population will be a major challenge.