PRICE OF CERTAIN FOOD ITEMS INCREASE WITH APPROACHING FESTIVE SEASON

A survey carried out by CAP over the past few days has shown a significant increase in the price of Red Chilli, Long Beans, Lady’s Finger, Tomato and Beans. The prices have increased from between 20% to 70%. With Chinese New Year around the corner, the above mentioned items will be in even greater demand. Some …

Authorities need to curb Mat Rempit-ing now

In the early hours of New Year’s Day the police conducted an operation at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in Penang to catch the Mat Rempits going out for their first “joy ride” of 2020. The reported number of Mat Rempits caught and hauled up to the Bayan Lepas police station for processing …

Stop splurging public’s money to gratify smokers

The government should not bow to the demands of smokers calling for smoking corners to be set up. The priority should be focused on non-smokers who equally pay taxes. The expenditure on constructing smoking zones are for 22.8 per cent of the population who are smokers. As the proponents of smokers’ rights call for respecting …

CAP: How safe are Malaysian prawns?

The Consumers Association of Penang is appalled by the statement made by the Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Sim Tze Tsin that Malaysian farmed prawns are safe for consumption. According to his Facebook “The Department of Fisheries has a stringent monitoring system against all shrimp farms across the country.”Regular checks and enforcement are done to …

Need to stop the mistreatment of fish kept as pets

Disturbing pictures of betta fish bred in unacceptable breeding conditions in massive farms in Thailand exposes the dark side of the pet fish industry.  Much in demand for their bright colours and beautiful fins, fish, unlike dogs and other furry and feathered pets, do not develop separation anxiety or destructive behaviours when left alone; they are completely …