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Day: April 15, 2011


Agricultural, home and health solutions at CAP Fair

CAP organised a Go Natural Fair on 18-19 December at the Botanical Gardens in Penang. CAP had been frequently accused of being negative and not providing solutions. The Fair is a humble attempt to show that a lot can be done if the public take the initiative into their own hands. The Fair demonstrates various methods used by farmers locally and from India and Indonesia to produce organic produce...
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10 things you should know about GM mosquitoes

  The National Biosafety Board (NBB) has recently approved an application from the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) to release genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. IMR wants to conduct field experiments in Bentong and Alor Gajah to see how far the males fly and how long they live for. The aim of this GM technology is for the GM male mosquitoes to mate with wild...
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An open letter from Malaysian NGOs on GM mosquitoes

This is an open letter from organisations in Malaysia concerned by the recent Government approval to release GM mosquitoes for the purpose of a field experiment. Kindly support our cause by highlighting the issue for the welfare of the public  and the conservation of our environment by copying and personally sending this letter to its intended recipients. Sincerely, S M Mohamed Idris...
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Obtain Prior Informed Consent for GM mosquito release

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very anxious of the eventual release of the GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka despite objections and concerns raised by NGOs, public and scientists. The National Biosafety Board on 5 October 2010 approved the application submitted by the Institute for Medical Research (IMR)...
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Senseless arrests reign In Sarawak

Sahabat Alam Malaysia is gravely concerned over the recent arrest, four-day remand and the subsequent charge under Section 307(1) of the Penal Code of an Iban Mr. Liam Rengga from Rumah Kilat in Sungai Senga, Pandan-Sebauh, Bintulu on Nov 23, 2010. We indeed have cause for serious concern over this latest arrest of a Sarawak indigenous community activist, as Section 307(1) carries the very...
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Nuclear in Malaysia: Shortsightedness in a greening global economy

By Ken Yeong Every Malaysian must decide if nuclear power is the right choice for our nation. The keyword here is choice because there is now an increasing number of truly clean and renewable energy in solar, wind, tidal, wave, etc. For some, however, the threat of climate change and peak oil has forced a false dilemma of either nuclear or unabated global warming. The recent UK Sustainable...
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Move towards zero waste, incineration not the answer

  The Malaysian government is heading the wrong way in managing municipal solid waste.  It is reported that the government has plans to build more incinerators in the country. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) opposes incineration and other end-of-pipe interventions. The public bears the financial burden of all types of incineration or landfilling. Costs to local...
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GM Mosquitoes: Government is Liable

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very disturbed and disappointed with the Malaysian government for approving the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes for field testing.  The government must be accountable and held liable if anything untoward happens if they proceed with this trial release. We can not comprehend why the Government wants...
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Healthy growth of renewable energy

By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director, Institute of Science in Society Despite the severe downturn of the global economy in 2009, renewable energy continued its meteoric rise. At the end of 2009, fully one quarter of global power capacity (1230 GW) is renewable, delivering 18% of global electricity supply, according to the report issued by the Renewable Energy Network for the 21 Century (REN21). This is...
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Rethink plan to release GM mosquitoes

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked to note the statement by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, as reported by the media yesterday, that field testing for genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes has been approved by the National Biosafety Board. This, despite the globally acknowledged fact that anything that is genetically modified, plant or animal, is not stable....
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