Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Foreign workers are not expendable

The news about the mezzanine floor of a hypermarket under construction collapsing yesterday at Pulau Sebang, Alor Gajah, Malacca, is shocking to say the least.

Reports state that the mezzanine floor collapsed after the staging was removed. Fifteen foreign workers, turned victims, were said to have been inside the building at the time -- 3 are dead, 6 injured and another 6 are still missing.

 

Kudos to the police department over 'explosive act'

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) congratulates the Police Department for wanting to take tough action against fire crackers and fireworks offenses.

It was reported that Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the police will be coming hard on those in possession of such explosives in violation of Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957. They can be, if convicted, imprisoned for up to seven years, fined RM10,000 or both.

He also pointed out that the police is empowered to “enter or board and search any house, premises or other buildings or place or any vehicle, vessel or aircraft specified in the warrant and to search all persons found therein and thereon”.

Tough police action is timely, particularly during the festive season, when needless tragedies become an annual occurrence, potentially maiming or killing people who played with such explosives.

SUBSTANDARD GOODS FLOOD THE MARKET

Electrical goods not confirming to mandatory Sirim standards.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) found substandard goods that include locks, stationery, school bags, watches, electrical goods, shoes, tools, and toys flooding the market during its recent market survey.

Some of these items are priced as low as RM2, their prices were a fraction of a similar product of a better quality but appeared to be popular among consumers of the lower income group.

CAP’s point of contention is whether these products meet safe product requirements because being cheap is pointless if they are not safe for consumers’ use.

UNEVEN ROADS, CAP URGES THE PENANG GOVERNMENT TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION

Consumers Association Penang (CAP) urges the state government and city council to investigate and take immediate action to solve road problems such as uneven surface, deformation, cracking and potholes in several areas in Penang.

These conditions not only inconvenience and frustrate road users but also raise concerns as it may affect the safety of the road users if left unresolved.

Farm Animals Need Protection from Fire

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is highly disturbed to learn of a recent fire in Yong Peng, near Batu Pahat, Johor where a chicken coop was razed to the ground along with the  74 000 chicks.  Although such incidents of fire killing thousands of chicks are sporadic, barn fires capture less public attention than they deserve because they happen in rural areas, often far from major populated centres. However this  should not be taken as a trivial matter but viewed with serious concern by the agriculture authorities.

Being burned alive is said to be the most painful way to die. When the temperatures started rising due to the fire, it basically created a wildfire like effect that just raced through the chicken house.  Often, there are too few workers on hand to do anything to help the animals. By the time firefighters arrive it is often too late.  These hens will continue to choke and burn to death, while firefighters go on putting their lives at risk to battle flames that are deadly.  In addition, farm workers and first responders are put at terrible risk every time one of these fires breaks out.