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.

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.

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.