Consumer rights champion

by MARTIN KHOR Honorary Secretary, Consumers’ Association of Penang Advisor, Third World Network SM Mohamed Idris was one of a kind. He was a force of nature. And in more ways than one. His passing away on May 17 was the passing of an era. I doubt we will be so fortunate to have someone …

Car dealers should share vehicle repair technology with independent car workshops

Malaysian car owners are in a dilemma. They are unable to send their cars with computerised engines anywhere to repair except at designated authorised service centres. It becomes a monopoly and independent workshops are unable to compete. Moreover, car owners are unable to seek a ‘second opinion’ or choose a repairer of his choice. In …

CAP: Reduce sodium intake to stop high blood pressure

World Hypertension Day is observed annually on May 17 with the aim of raising awareness on hypertension and spreading knowledge on this common cardiovascular condition. Hypertension is a condition associated with increased risk for stroke, kidney failure, premature mortality and disability. About 32.7 percent of Malaysians aged 18 years and above are suffering from hypertension …

Concerted action needed to combat wildlife crime

More action and less talk is required to combat wildlife crime. Several species are becoming severely depleted and may disappear if more is not urgently done by Governments. High value seizures of contraband ivory, rhino horn, tiger parts and pangolin scales dominate media headlines every week. Many live animals are traded with impunity – tigers, …

WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF HEAVY METAL POLLUTION IN PENANG WATERS?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urged the Penang state government, Department of Environment (DOE) and Fisheries Department to disclose their findings regarding the source of heavy metal pollution in the waters off Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang and Penang National Park. CAP is shocked and concerned as the heavy metal pollution not only threatens marine …