Issue 49-3-2019

Bimonthly Paper of Consumers Association of Penang We have stories which you will not find in other papers — hard-hitting stuff with no holds barred, for we name the brands, companies or people in our exposes, unlike the commercial papers which are dependent on companies for their advertisements or are owned by political parties. You …

Not streaming upper secondary students a step in the right direction

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) would like to commend the Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik for introducing a more flexible education model for upper secondary students. We believe that with this new system, students will not feel that they are being pressured into certain career paths because they have been streamed after their PT3. …

Move To Embark On Rare-Earth Mining In Perak Is Highly Irresponsible

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is most alarmed to learn that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Perak state government and a Chinese company, Chinalco GXNF Rare Earth Development to undertake the exploration of rare-earth minerals in Perak. This fact was revealed via a recent statement of Nov 16 from the Ministry of Water, …

Smoking and vaping: Looking through the barrel of a gun

Recently a Member of Parliament, Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, wants the Ministry of Health (MoH) to temporarily suspend the smoking ban at open-air eateries on 1 January 2020 “until proper regulation is put in place for the vape industry”. His call makes no sense. Banning smoking and vaping at eateries including open-air ones does …

Need for greater action against animal abuse

The continuous emergence of animal abuse news in the mass and social media warrants serious attention from the relevant authorities. The shocking number of animal cruelty cases happening quite uncontrollably is just the tip of the iceberg as most cases are never reported. Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries along with media …