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Day: March 13, 2020

Emergency economic measures for Malaysia

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the government to take measures in helping the people cope with the current economic situation, worsened by the current Covid-19 epidemic. It was announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March that Covid-19 can be “characterized as a pandemic”. The epidemic raging on in more than 110 countries and territories, with the...
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Government should control supply and subsidise facemask prices

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) views the current Covid-19 epidemic situation with concern as, until 10 March, the virus has infected 116,345 victims worldwide. Moreover, Covid-19 negatively impacted on the availability and the cost of many pharmaceutical and medical products (facemasks included) since China was a major producer and exporter. We urge the government to review the...
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Malaysia fails at worksite safety once again

On March 5th two Bangladeshi workers were killed at a housing project construction site in Mentakab, Temerloh when they were buried by huge piles of soil that had been collected on the edge of the pits, as they were installing sewerage pipes. Reports further state that when the two workers were carrying out their work in an estimated 6 metre pit, there were two machines close to the pit being...
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Chemicals in food packaging: a global health threat

Environment groups in Asia Pacific call on policy makers to beef up single-use plastics ban; phase-out toxic chemicals from food packaging; and mandate safe, reusable alternatives Australia/India/Malaysia/Nepal/Philippines -- Close to 200 environmental and public health organizations led by the UNWRAPPED Project (UPSTREAM, Zero Waste Europe, and GAIA) released a Call to Action in response to a...
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Healthcare rights for undocumented people to protect the rakyat

Malaysia has seen only 36 COVID-19 cases and most of them have recovered; and this gives us a sense of security, a feeling that we will be fine even though the spread of the COVID-19 virus beyond China seems to be getting worse. However, there is a very crucial weakness in our system that has not been addressed and could yet cause an outbreak in our country. This weakness arises from a few...
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Councils should tackle perennial car parking woes

Penangites have been facing the perennial problem of finding public car parking spaces in commercial areas as many of them are taken up by office workers for long periods of time, usually more than eight hours. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the City Councils of Penang Island (MBPP) and Seberang Perai (MBSP) to introduce Regulations to limit the hours one can park in a...
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