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Month: January 2023

CAP : Lets Us Move Towards Polystyrene Free Thaipusam

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the management of all the temples in Malaysia that celebrates Thaipusam not to use polystyrene food containers in their temple surroundings when serving food to devotees. Thaipusam is celebrated in the months of Thai (which falls between January and February) for Lord Murugan where it attracts the largest gathering of devotees to their favourite...
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Toxic Mercury in UNDERARM WHITENING CREAMS

The Philippines toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition has issued an alert on 2 made-in-Thailand underarm whitening creams which have been found to contain mercury. According to the chemical screening conducted by the group, Snow White Armpit Whitening Underarm Cream and 88 Total White Underarm Cream, which the group bought online, contained mercury above the 1 part per million (ppm) trace...
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CAP’s Seed Festival and Conference at RECSAM, Penang (22-24 Nov 2022)

The Consumers' Association of Penang (CAP) conducted a seed festival and conference at RECSAM in Penang from November 22nd to 24th 2022. The purpose of the event was to celebrate seeds and discuss the issue of seed security and sovereignty in Malaysia. About 100 participants from all over Malaysia attended the festival. Experts in agroecology and seed saving, and individuals who contribute to...
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CAP welcomes non-compoundable traffic offence

CAP welcome the steps taken by the Ministry of Transport towards the seven traffic offences that will be non-compoundable throughout this Chinese New Year festive season. That means that those caught flouting them will not be offered a fine but will be referred to the courts instead. Such measures should not be restricted to only festival time but apply throughout the year. The seven major...
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Hidden Toxic Chemicals in Lucky Charms and Amulets

Chinese New Year is just around the corner – a time when lucky charms and amulets are much sought after. If you’re thinking of buying them, be forewarned: Tests on such items in the Philippines have uncovered toxic lead and cadmium in them. The Ecowaste Coalition in the Philippines has just issued an alert on the matter. Read their press release below for the full details....
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THE BATANG KALI LANDSLIDE – A National Dilemma or Symptomatic Problem?

by Gary Khaeril Zach, Director of EDUTREE Services Traditionally, December is the time people take time off to relax, retreat and recuperate, especially for the city weary folks of Klang Valley and the surrounding urban areas. However, in the cool and quiet hours of 16 December, when Malaysia was asleep a tragedy began to unfold. First and foremost and with all due respect, our deepest regret...
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UNITED STATES MUST ACT RESPONSIBLY TO END CLIMATE INJUSTICE

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to respond to the recent statement by the United States Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr Brian Mcfeeters entitled ‘Partners in climate action’, that was featured in a major English daily (6 Jan, 2023, Letter to Editor, The STAR). While we agree with the US Ambassador that bold action to tackle climate change is more urgent than ever by everyone, the partnership...
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CAP: Refrain from taking alcoholic drinks

The Consumers Association of Penang, (CAP) calls on consumers to refrain from taking alcoholic drinks. This is in view of the statement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which says that No amount of alcohol is safe to drink. Alcohol consumption is associated with the risks of cancer and other health conditions. The United Nations health body says alcohol is a toxic, psychoactive, and...
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