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Day: April 1, 2011

Crane accidents – Who is responsible?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is increasingly worried about the substantial number of accidents involving cranes at construction sites in this country.  Most of these cases are caused by non-compliance of basic safety guidelines as stipulated by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). In May 2007, two contractors and a crane manufacturer were charged in court over a...
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Hold professionals liable in building collapse

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is appalled at the state of affairs concerning the safety of our buildings and the safety standards practiced by local and foreign contractors here. The country is still reeling from the tragedy of the Jaya Supermarket deaths and now we have another near miss in the form of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium roof collapse in Kuala Terengganu. It is...
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Toxic BPA leaches from “safe” plastics

If you frequently eat from a plastic food container or drink from a plastic bottle, chances are you are ingesting Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical compound with proven links with a wide range of health disorders, from infertility and breast and prostate cancers, to thyroid malfunction, attention deficit syndrome and recurrent miscarriage. BPA is a key ingredient in plastic food storage...
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PVC plastic products outgas poisons

It's one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created.  It’s dangerous to human health and the environment at every stage of its lifecycle: from production, to use, to disposal, yet it’s the most widely used material on earth. Beware of PVC, the Poison Plastic. Did you know: Most plastics are made from petroleum (oil or natural gas) and plastics can contain a whole host of chemical...
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Radioactive metals in consumer products

Authorities in the Netherlands found about 900 women’s handbags that had originated in India and were decorated with metal rings laced with radioactive Cobalt-60 on each bag’s shoulder strap. Thousands of everyday products and materials containing radioactive metals are surfacing across the United States and around the world. Common kitchen cheese graters, reclining chairs, women’s handbags...
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Are you paying for clutter?

The easiest way to save resources and energy and to cut down on waste is to use less. This statement is so simple as to sound banal, yet it can serve as a guide to action. Also implied is the idea of consuming less, buying less, making do with what we have already — even at times ridding ourselves of all the unnecessary gadgets and duplicates that so hideously clutter up our lives. All this is...
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Home exercise equipment – How useful?

RIDERS, walkers, treadmills, abdominal exercisers ... fitness gadgets that allow you to exercise at your convenience and in the privacy of your own home are the "in" thing now.  Infomercials and advertisements convince you that the pricey gizmos you see are the ultimate item to own. What is the whole truth about home exercise machines? For the puzzled and the perplexed, we compiled several...
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Front cover Utusan Konsumer Issue 39-2 Mar-Apr 2009

Issue 39-2 Mar-Apr 2009

U N C O M M O N    E X P O S E S,   V I E W S   &   W I S D O M 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...
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