Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Heavy school bags take toll on children’s backs

heavy-school-bagsThe Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has been calling on the education authorities for some years now to address the problem of heavy school bags.

In this University Putra Malaysia study carried out by Tamrin SBM and his colleagues, it was found that as high as 58.3% of the schoolchildren studied reported having low back pain associated with carrying heavy school bags.

SOCSO cases: Effective compensation needed

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) applauds the Human Resource Minister, YB Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam for highlighting the fact that workers are losing out on SOCSO claims because doctors do not link diseases and health problems to the job.

Pig virus found in vaccine for infant diarrhoea

rotarixThe Consumers Association of Penang is appalled at the deafening silence by the Ministry of Health and GlaxoSmithKline Malaysia (GSK) over the widespread contamination of Rotarix, GSKs oral vaccine given to infants less than 12 months of age to prevent rotavirus that can cause gastroenteritis leading to vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Batches of Rotarix  all over the world have been contaminated with genetic material from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1) – a virus commonly found in pigs.

Start a gratitude journal

Consciously or unconsciously every moment of our day, if we’re not practising gratitude, we’re practisng a degree of ingratitude. We’re never really standing still. We’re either being grateful or ungrateful.

With gratitude, our attention is focussed on the blessings of life.  Ingratitude blinds us to these blessings. In every situation, find a way to be grateful. Every day is a great day. If you don’t think every day is a great day try going without one.  
 

Tax soft drinks to control diabetes

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CAP calls on the authorities to impose a tax on soft drinks as an effort to reduce the escalating number of diabetics among Malaysians.

 The soda tax, as it is commonly called in the USA, is a tax or surcharge on soft drinks. The main purpose of this tax is to discourage high sugar consumption as soft drinks is a main contributor to obesity, which in turn is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and other health problems.