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Month: May 2010


New apartment owners extorted by developers’ agents/contractors!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has received countless complaints since 2008 via anonymous letters, telephone calls, letters of complaint and even read in our mainstream media, letters written by hapless flat and condominium owners, highlighting the tactics used by developers’ agents/contractors to force new owners to renovate their units at exorbitant charges. Such complaints are...
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Government must not support purveyors of death!

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is highly shocked and deplores the announcement that the government is going to delay the announced ban on small packs of cigarettes. In a media report in the Edge Financial Daily (27th May 2010) it was quoted that the cabinet had made a decision to defer the ban and no new date has been fixed. The decision to ban the 14 stick packs was taken as one of...
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Public should support measures to reduce subsidies

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) supports the Government’s initiative to reduce its subsidy bill of RM74 billion in 2009, which is more than its development expenditure of RM51.2 billion in 2010. Of concern here is the long term survival of the country.  If we do not act now to reduce this massive bill, we will pay dearly for it in the near future. Subsidies should therefore only...
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Stop Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia are deeply concerned to learn that the proposed Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road (KLORR) will cut through the Selangor State Park, the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge in Hulu Kelang and the Forest Reserves of Hulu Gombak, Ampang and Hulu Langat. It is reported that work on the western route of the KLORR, from Templer’s Park in Rawang to...
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Malaysia must reject the Copenhagen Accord

The Consumers’ Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia urge the Government of Malaysia to reject the controversial Copenhagen Accord which was not adopted by Parties in the December 2009 climate talks. The Copenhagen Accord was controversial as it was drafted in a non-transparent and undemocratic manner, and arose from an exclusive meeting of 26 political leaders, whereas the United...
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Nuclear power should not be the option for Malaysia

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) oppose the development of nuclear power plants in Malaysia. Our former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had expressed his objection of nuclear energy in Malaysia and had brought up the issue of dumping of radioactive waste in Perak.  However the former PM is reportedly not aware where the waste was buried. His...
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Clear the confusion over motor policy

The Ministry of Finance and Bank Negara Malaysia owes the public an explanation over conflicting reports about the proposed Third Party Bodily Injury and Death Benefits (TPBID) which is going to replace the third-party motor insurance. On one hand Bank Negara (which comes under the Ministry of Finance) has said that the TPBID policy is not finalized and has invited the public to give its...
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Basic occupational health and safety procedures ignored by state government

The Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang state government for its ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang' initiative. The initiative although long overdue in view of Penang’s deteriorating environment, is a positive step forward to restore Penang’s lost charm. However, as depicted in The Star (24 May), the state government seems to have sacrificed its basic human values in its...
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Bank Negara’s basic motor cover framework: What’s wrong and what’s the alternative

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) invited public comments on its proposed Third Party Bodily Injury and Death Benefits (TPBID) which is going to replace the third-party motor insurance. Below we reproduce the comments submitted to BNM by the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP). 1. The Problems and Issues with the current scheme as identified by BNM  Inadequate access to third-party insurance cover,...
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CAP website launched by YB Dato’ Tan Lian Hoe

The Consumers Association of Penang’s (CAP) English website was launched by YB Dato' Tan Lian Hoe, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism on 13th May 2010 at the Caring Society Complex in Penang. Below we reproduce excerpts of the speech of CAP’s President, S M Mohd Idris at the opening. What is CAP? The Consumers Association of Penang or CAP, is a unique...
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