Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Diabetes Epidemic: Nip it in the Bud

 

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CAP calls on the relevant authorities to take immediate steps to control the growing number of obese children in the country to control the diabetes epidemic that Malaysia is facing.

Studies have showed that childhood obesity levels in Malaysia are among the highest in Asian countries. Data from various research groups have indicated that as many as 15% of toddlers and preschool children in the country could be overweight and obese. Among primary school children, 30% of them could be overweight and obese. These statistics are not surprising as overweight children and youngsters are a common sight at public places.

 

Eighty Organizations Call On Apple’s Lisa Jackson To Stop Off-Shoring Worker Health and Safety Risks

On June 10, 2014, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joined more than 80 environmental and human rights organizations, and occupational health professionals to send a letter to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Apple, calling on the company to remove hazardous chemicals from its supplier factories in an effort to protect workers from grave illnesses.

Vaping popular among teenagers, CAP urges Ministry to impose immediate ban

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Ministry of Health to impose immediate ban on e-cigarette. CAP is appalled to find that the use of e-cigarettes is becoming popular among teenagers in Malaysia. It is even more appalling that e-cigarettes are widely used by students.  

Complaints received from parents and teachers from several primary and secondary schools in Penang indicate that the number of student vapers are increasing. Primary school students were not spared either, according to the teachers. These teachers have confiscated the e-cigarette devices from their students.

Download Study on "Lead in new enamel household paints in Malaysia"

This study found that 41% of the enamel paints analysed contained lead concentrations above 600 ppm, the threshold limit for lead in paint adopted by Singapore and Sri Lanka. 

In addition, these paints would not be allowed for sale in most industrialised countries where legal limits are even more restrictive.

Included in the report is background information on:

-- why the use of paints with high lead content is a source of serious concern, especially to children’s health;
-- a review of national policy frameworks that are in place to ban or restrict the manufacture, import, export, distribution, sale and use of leaded household
paints;
-- and recommendations for taking action to protect children and others from lead in paint.

 

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WHERE IS OUR MEDICAL EDUCATION HEADING?

The last few months has seen a lot of discourse in the media on the plight of young trainee doctors or housemen as they are called.   We saw a lot of shocking headlines – ‘not cut out to be doctors’, ‘grappling with housemen woes’, ‘housemen buckling under pressure’ – just to name a few. The most shocking revelation was that housemen comprised the highest number of civil servants who were sacked.   According to some media reports 1 out of 5 housemen drop out annually with the total dropouts numbering up to 1000 or more annually

The average cost of studying medicine at a foreign university branch campus in Malaysia is around RM500,000 excluding living expenses.  Just taking this as a benchmark you’re looking at a loss of RM500 million.  This is a colossal waste of resources. After spending years in tuition and training only to drop out just at the threshold of their medical career.