Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

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.

Implement Dispensation Separation Without Delay

We refer to the statement by the Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Hilmy Yahya that the “Government is in no rush to table Pharmacy Bill.” [The Star 25 May 2015].

We call on the Government to table the Bill in Parliament without any further delay and make it available for the public to comment. There are a lot of rumours flying around in the social media about the Bill which would be put to rest by its publication.

One of the subjects included in the Bill is Dispensation Separation scheme in the healthcare sector. There is no need to delay the implementation of this scheme as it is widely practiced and proved to beneficial to patients.

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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Petition Launched Urging ASEAN to Ban Microplastics in Cosmetics

Non-government organizations in Southeast Asia have joined forces to curb a preventable source of plastic pollution of the marine environment: microparticles of plastic, or microplastics, in cosmetics.

Through an online petition at Avaaz, the groups are urging the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a huge market of over 500 million consumers, to prohibit microplastics in the production of personal care and cosmetic products (PCCPs).