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Day: October 21, 2019

Abandon the cable car project and improve housing for the poor

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Penang State Government not to build a cable car connecting Botanical Gardens to the Penang Hill summit as it will have serious consequences for our environment and health. The well-being of the people and the integrity of our environment should not be sacrificed at the altar of tourist dollars. The provision of a cable car would lead to the...
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We are right after all… it’s a fire sale

The Finance Minister announced during the recent National Budget 2020 that the government is lowering the threshold on high rise property prices to RM600,000 from RM1 million for a year. This is to enable foreign ownership of condominium and apartments in urban areas to reduce the existing overhang of these properties that amounted to RM8.3 billion in the second quarter of 2019. As such we wish...
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Asia city officials, groups showcase solutions to plastic pollution 

Penang, Malaysia  (13 October  2019) — Hundreds  of local government  officials and non-government organizations (NGOs) in Asia are meeting in a two-day international conference in Penang, Malaysia to showcase solutions and discuss policies that will help bring an end to plastic pollution—and usher in sustainable, Zero Waste Cities in the region.  The conference organized by the...
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All are equally dangerous, EVCs or cigarettes

It is a norm that whenever the tabling of the National Budget is around the corner, tobacco companies will actively promote their agenda, this time featuring the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices (EVCs). The claim by the promoters of vaping that EVC helps them to quit tobacco smoking is baseless. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) wants to reiterate what it has been claiming that...
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CAP: Ban on Deadly Face Creams Ineffective

Time and again we hear of face creams being banned by the Malaysian authorities as it was found that these creams contain harmful substances such as mercury. The ban has been found to be ineffective as face creams containing mercury are still available in the market. In a random survey conducted in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, we found whitening creams including those that have been banned freely...
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The last thing the people need is to be burdened by increased rates

Penang’s two local councils, the MBPP and MBSP, have increased the assessment rates of a total of 322,549 and 327,401 properties on the island and Seberang Perai respectively. The reasons given for this move is that the local councils had not reviewed for the past 15 years and that they are experiencing an annual deficit since 2016. It was reported that as in April 2019 there were 54,792...
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Green Action Week

Speech by Mr. Mohideen Abdul Kader, President, Consumers’ Association of Penang Welcome to the Green Action Week activities organized by the Consumers’ Association of Penang. The Green Action Week celebrated from 30th September to 6th October 2019 is a global campaign to promote sustainable consumption. Each year in October, organisations around the world take joint action to promote a...
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Stop killings of elephants in Sabah

Sabah has made headlines time and again with the deaths of the pygmy elephants.  What shocked Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) was the manner in which the poor elephant was brutally gunned down.  Not only was it shot at several times, its tusks were also hacked off. The continuous spate of killing of elephants is reflective of poor government delivery system; that it happens often enough can only...
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THE UNTOLD SUFFERINGS OF THE VOICELESS

4th  October is World Animal Day and it is a time to pay heed to the suffering of animals.  Many animals endured pain and suffering when abused, neglect or cruelly treated by humans.  It can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific achievement, such as killing animals for food, for their fur or even their tusks and body parts and  cruelty associated  with a given method of...
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Ban E-Cigarettes and Vaping devices

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the government to impose a blanket ban on e-cigarettes and vaping devices (EVC). The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported that of the 805 vaping-related lung illnesses there were 12 deaths reported across the U.S. Currently more than 40 countries have banned vaping while many European countries including Austria,...
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