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Month: September 2017

The Hidden Suffering of Poultry

Malaysians consume chicken meat and eggs on a daily basis yet hardly a thought is given to the horrendous conditions in the modern livestock raising systems known as ‘factory-farming’. Malaysia is largely self sufficient in poultry meat production with over 81% of  the local domestic demand for meat and more than 111% of the country’s demand for eggs met by the local poultry industry....
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Proposed Pharmacy Bill – Unjustified

The Consumers Association of Penang is disappointed at the Ministry of Health’s decision not to separate the roles of dispensing and prescribing.  Cleared the Ministry of Health has bowed down to the pressure of the powerful medical lobby in refusing to create a system of separation of duties in prescription and dispensing. Separation of dispensing and prescribing is the norm in developed...
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WHY KIDDIE PACKS SHOULD NOT BE REINTRODUCED

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government not to buckle under the tobacco industry pressure to introduce ‘kiddie packs’. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “tobacco kills a third to half of all people who use it, on average 15 years prematurely”. This is a reason important enough to stop entertaining the industry. Under what circumstances must the...
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CAP Welcomes Government Move On Hepatitis C Medicine, Calls For It To Be Made Available Within A Few Days Or Weeks

The Consumers Association of Penang congratulates the Government for issuing a license relating to the “rights of government” to obtain generic versions of the Hepatitis C medicine sofosbuvir, as announced by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam in his press statement on 20 September. This move has raised hopes of the 500,000 Hepatitis C patients in Malaysia and their families...
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Need to stop further hill and tree cutting and over-development in Penang

Sahabat Alam Malaysia and the Consumers’ Association of Penang are alarmed by the massive flash floods that hit Penang both on the island and the mainland following intense downpours throughout the early morning of Friday, 15 September. Apart from many areas in Penang under water, we also received news of landslides and mudslides in several areas such as in Tanjung Bungah and Paya Terubong,...
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RESOLVE DRAINAGE PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY

Cause of Water Overflow in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan and Relau, Kedah Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urged the relevant authorities to investigate the root cause of overflow of river water after a heavy downpour in several areas around Seberang Perai Selatan on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Appropriate measures including upgrading drainage systems should be taken to address the problem of...
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Stop Live Transport

Transporting of livestock. Most people interested in animal welfare would agree that transporting livestock destined for slaughter across a country, an ocean or a continent is a practice that should be discontinued. Though the status of  animal transport in each region presents a somewhat different context, the basic  problems of overcrowding, rough handling and ill effects from long rides...
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Firefly Habitat and Aquatic Life of Sungai Sepetang Will Be Destroyed

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expressed concern over the encroachment and destruction of the Sepetang River reserve in the Kerian and Larut Matang and Selama districts in Perak, which is still being carried out by irresponsible parties. SAM’s recent survey with several committee members of Persatuan Kelip-Kelip Kampung Dew, Taiping found that an estimated 6 hectares of the Sepetang River reserve...
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Latest book from CAP

Instant noodles have very high sodium levels. In one serving alone, many of them have higher levels than the WHO’s daily sodium limit. In a day, Malaysians consume 3.7 million packets of instant noodles. Most instant noodles are deep-fried and have high fat content. Typically one packet of instant noodle has up to 50% of your allowable daily total fat intake. They also lack nutrients and...
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