Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP Demands Inquiry On Firearm Incidents And Smuggling

CAP is utterly shocked and disgusted by the news of people being ruthlessly gunned down, now being more frequent. As such CAP is demanding the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to inquire into and recommend measures to curb firearm incidents in the country.

It appeared that the number of shooting cases had also escalated in recent months and some of the prominent cases were:

·         On 15 June, a businessman was shot dead in his car just after the Sungai Rasau toll plaza, Shah Alam.

·         On 21 June, a PKR politician Bill Kayong was shot in the neck as he stopped his pick-up truck at the traffic light junction in Lutong, north of Miri city.

·         On 6 July, a female real estate agent was shot dead and her daughter injured in a shooting incident at Taman OUG, Kuala Lumpur.

·         On 13 July, a man high on drugs allegedly shot his mother, brother, his two-year-old nephew and his mother's boyfriend with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in Batu Maung, Penang.

Another Construction Site Accident Due to the Usage of Poor Temporary Structures

Such shock and disappointment we feel that another building under construction has had one of its floors collapse. Just like the incident in Alor Gajah 2 months ago, the temporary structure holding up the floors (that had not yet set) was not strong enough. It was reported that weak recycled items were used as the temporary structure. Why did the contractor decide this was the best way to go?

Power Banks or Sand Banks?

Consumers buying power banks for their handphones at bargain prices are being ripped off by unscrupulous traders. We bought a few after consumers claimed that the power banks drained out very quickly compared to the size of the units.

Opening up to look at the inside, we discovered that there were cheap batteries for power storage and also sand-filled battery casings to make up for the weight of the power bank. The heavier it is, the more power storage capacity it is supposed to have and this is how consumers choose the power banks, by size and weight.

Stop the motorcycle deaths

Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable road users owing to the instability of the vehicle as well as the little or no protection afforded during an accident. This coupled with the attitude of motorcyclists and lax enforcement has created a national disaster on our roads. Neither the authorities nor the people are sensitive or serious about the situation. Deaths on the roads become mere statistics to them.

Each year on an average there are about 465,000 road accidents resulting in nearly 7,000 deaths. Sixty percent or 4,200 of the deaths are contributed by motorcyclists and 40% of that are motorcyclists in the age group of 16 to 25 years.

Traffic law enforcement should not be seasonal

Year after year we have Ops Sikap, now changed to Ops Selamat, to stop the carnage from our road crashes during our festive seasons. Malaysia was ranked 20th globally for the most road deaths in 2011, according to the World Health Organization. Eighteen people are killed daily in road crashes and according to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), the figure is expected to rise to 29 by 2020.

According to the traffic police chief, Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff, the previous Ops Sikap didn’t work because the police advised the public to drive slowly, don’t jump queue and be patient. Ops Selamat, however, is about total enforcement. He cautioned that enough warnings have been given and on-the-spot action would be taken against errant motorists. Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), welcomes the strict enforcement and hopes to see a positive reduction in road crashes this Hari Raya.

 However, traffic law enforcement should not be seasonal. Strict enforcement must be an on-going, not a seasonal ritual to coincide with festivals.