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Month: June 2022

Consumers Need Accurate Information from Government to Avoid Unnecessary Anxiety

The government should get its act together over the confusion on the palm cooking oil, chicken and eggs subsidy issue. One very clear example was the announcement reported in the media on 23 June 2022 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who said that the subsidy for cooking oil in bottles of 1kg, 2kg, 3kg and 5kg will be stopped from 1 July. However, on the same day the media...
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YOUR SLEEP POSITION CAN AFFECT YOUR HEALTH

Tummy, side, or back? Curled up or splayed out like a starfish? You might be surprised at how the way you lie down during sleep impacts the quality of your slumber and your health. There are 5 main sleep positions, and which one is right for you depends not only on which is most comfortable but also on a variety of health issues that can interfere with top-quality slumber. Sleeping on your side...
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THE TRUTH ABOUT THROWAWAYS

There is no away. Everything we purchase and discard must end up somewhere. (Environmental Media Association) If you really think about it, you are never throwing your trash “away” because there is no “away” on Earth. Everything that you throw out is being put somewhere else instead. It either goes to recycling, landfills, oceans, or streets. (Penn State University) Buy less stuff. Focus...
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EATING EGGS CAN PROTECT YOUR HEART

Eating an egg a day is officially good for you. Once demonised as a major cause of heart disease, eggs in fact prevent the problem by raising levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. Researchers have discovered that regular egg-eaters are far less likely to suffer from heart disease or stroke because they have higher levels of a protein that ‘builds’ HDL (high-density lipoprotein)...
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CAP’s 2023 National Budget Recommendations

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) submitted our recommendations for the 2023 Budget to the Treasury last week. Among the topics covered were governance, healthcare, housing, food security, inclusive development, environmental issues, disaster risk management and proposal for tax measures. On the matter of governance, CAP proposed that the anti-corruption agency be adequately funded...
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HOW MUCH TO EAT?

How much you eat can be just as important as what you eat. You can have too much of a good thing if you eat everything that is served on your plate, or to satisfy your appetite. Having a healthy, balanced diet is about getting the right types of foods in the right amounts. Eating the right portion size can help you stay within your calorie and fat recommendations for the day and can help you...
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TREES KEEP CITIES COOL

A recent study has found that trees can reduce land surface temperature in European cities by up to 12 degree Celsius. Trees naturally cool the air by a process known as “transpiration cooling”. As trees release water into the atmosphere from their leaves via transpiration, the surrounding air is cooled as water goes from liquid to a vapour. Trees also cool the air by providing shade. A...
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WHY BIRDS & BEES MATTER

If birds didn’t exist, the world would be in chaos. Birds keep the climate stable, oxygenate air and transform pollutants into nutrients. And they help in reducing harmful creatures, pests and insects. If bees didn’t exist, humans wouldn’t either. One third of the world’s food supply relies on bees. Out of the 100 crop species that provide us with 90% of our food, 35% are pollinated by...
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Affordable housing should be for Penangites on the island and mainland

 The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the Penang state government’s efforts to provide housing at an affordable price for Penangites. A recent news article stated that the Penang Development Corporation’s (PDC) latest affordable housing project in Batu Kawan called Suria 2 would begin at the end of this year and that Suria 1 had already been completed. The Suria affordable...
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PROTECT ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS

It is World Environment Day (WED) on Sunday, June 5. The 2022 WED campaign #OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet. Malaysia, which is blessed as being one of the 17 mega-biodiverse countries in the world according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), must do its part to protect its forests,...
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