Consumers Association of Penang

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Avoid processed food to fight high blood pressure

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According to the latest WHO data published in April 2011, hypertension deaths in Malaysia reached 1,251 or 1.22% of total deaths. Studies have shown that 1 in 3 or about 32.7% of Malaysians aged 18 years and above are suffering from hypertension.

Hypertension is a condition associated with increased risk for stroke, cardiac failure, renal failure and peripheral vascular disease.

Report of Forced Labour in Malaysian Electronics Industry: CAP Urges Government to Investigate and End the Abuse

CAP urges the Ministry of Human Resources and relevant authorities to verify a recent revelation of forced labour in the electronics industry in Malaysia. A study by Verité, a non-profit organization found that nearly one in three workers from seven countries surveyed was working in conditions of forced labour.

The electrical and electronics industry is the leading sector in Malaysia's manufacturing sector, contributing 27.2% employment in 2013. Total employees in the manufacturing sector in 2013 were 2,214,800 or 16.8% of total 13.21million employed persons in Malaysia.

 

Avoid meat to save ourselves and planet earth

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to avoid eating meat for the benefit of our health and environment.

A latest study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found "sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of meat especially processed meat causes colorectal cancer."

 

CAP reiterates call to ban antibiotics in animal feed

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) would like to respond to the points raised by the deputy director-general of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam in the article by Fazleena Aziz ‘DVS monitors use of antibiotics in animal feeds’ dated 17 March 2016.

In his statement Dr Quaza said that: ‘A low dosage (of antibiotics) is mixed in animal feed to prevent infection, help digestion and stomach absorption to improve growth performance and quality of livestock products’.

It is precisely this routine use of antibiotics in animal feed as a growth promoter and in the prevention of disease and infection that is creating antibiotic resistance which can be transferred to humans. This global public health threat had prompted many countries including the European Union to ban the routine use of antibiotics in animal feeds. Antibiotics should never be abused to prevent disease and to promote growth in animals. They should only be used to manage and treat infections.

Accord pharmacists their rightful role to dispense medicines

The healthcare care industry is supported by an array of disciplines each with its own training curriculum, standards and job descriptions – be it nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics, pharmacy or medicine. Each discipline supports the other and it is the seamless integration of the various disciplines that leads to optimal health care support for consumers and patients.

However the universal norm that doctors diagnose and prescribe while pharmacists audit and dispense is amiss in Malaysia and the notion to accord pharmacists their rightful duty to dispense medicines has always been met by contentious objections from the doctors.  But what is most bizarre and beyond comprehension is the Ministry of Health’s stand on the issue in that they would not support dispensing separation. On what basis does the Ministry of Health deny a profession of its fundamental role?