Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Were safety measures followed in building demolition?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked at the circumstances surrounding the Jaya Supermarket tragedy. It is incomprehensible that hazardous demolition work which is normally executed after careful planning could go awry and result in the entrapment and death of 7 foreign workers.

Asbestos: The deadly, silent killer

In recent weeks, concerns over asbestos poisoning have been raised in our local print media. And rightly so! This naturally occurring fibrous mineral, with fire and heat resistant properties, has been recognised as a serious threat to life in the Western countries and where possible, its use is avoided.

People who work with asbestos are at serious risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma and fatal respiratory illnesses. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) conservatively estimates that 100,000 workers die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Thousands more perish from environmental exposures.

Don't mull over tougher measures on fireworks - jail the culprits!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang congratulates the Customs and Excise Department and the Police for the intensive nationwide crackdown on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers.

This clearly shows that if enforcement is beefed up, smuggling of such contraband can be curbed.

FROM CRANES TO PILING RIGS

Each time an incident has occurred at a construction site and it resulted in the death of one or more innocent lives, The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) called on the government to conduct a full inquiry into the operations of the Department of Safety and Health’s (DOSH) operations; but unfortunately, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

We are iterating that call on account of the couple who was crushed by a piling rig as they were passing a construction site along Persiaran Astana, Klang, last Friday.

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.