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Author: Lai Cheng

Pets do not abandon their owners

The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) is gravely concerned over the increasing number of abandoned pets in the country. Media reports and social media highlighted abandoned pets are on the rise these days and animal shelters urge people not to abandon their pets as their capacity for abandoned animals is stretched to the limit. It was reported in early June that there were about 10,000 stray...
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Lanthanide is not radioactive but the process of mining is – says SAM

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) refers to the recent statement by Perak Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad, regarding the mining of lanthanide in Kenering, Gerik, published in media reports on 28 September 2022. The MB has been stressing the point that the lanthanide, which is being mined is not radioactive. SAM is compelled to point out that just because lanthanide in itself is not...
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Vaping is the Gateway to Smoking Cigarettes

I refer to the report on a panel discussion on vaping with the headline Learn from NZ and UK to reduce smoking (NST, 27/9/22). The message that has come out of the discussion is that e-cigarettes and vaping are relatively harmless and is the path to quitting smoking.  The panelists also feared that if the GEG Bill becomes law there will be increased robberies and illicit trade in cigarettes....
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Ignore the Tobacco Lobby and Enact the Tobacco Control Law

The tobacco industry and vested interests are mounting a campaign in the media to influence lawmakers to ditch “The Control of Tobacco Product and Smoking (GEG) Bill”.  The lawmakers should not give in to the pressure and abdicate their responsibility to the public to enact laws to protect their lives and health. They should enact the law in the next Parliamentary session without any delay....
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Exotic Animals Are Not Meant To Be Pets

The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) expresses grave concern over the increasing number of exotic pets brought into the country due to their popularity with Malaysians, particularly children. CAP reacts with horror at the thought of parents acquiring exotics for their children just to pacify their demands. Exotic animals are often obtained by people with insufficient knowledge, resources, or...
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Let Lemon Law Include New Vehicles As Well

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the recent announcement by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) that it is looking into efforts to improve laws related to the sale and purchase of used vehicles. However, we urge KPDNHEP to extend Lemon Law to new cars as well as they can be lemons too. Lemon Law is a remedy for purchasers of consumer products,...
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SCHOOLS FOR GREEN ACTION

Green Action Week is a global campaign to promote sustainable consumption. Each year from September to October, organisations around the world take joint action to promote a common cause. This initiative which was started in Sweden in 1990 by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has grown to become an international partnership since 2010. It is carried out in coordination with Consumers...
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CAP: Muslims should respect fatwa on smoking

   The Consumers Association of Penang calls on Muslims in Malaysia to respect the Islamic ruling, or fatwa pronounced more than 20 years ago prohibiting smoking cigarettes, which is in line with Islamic teachings that encourage Muslims not to harm themselves and other people. Issuing fatwas against smoking tobacco began on March 23 1995 when the Fatwa Committee of the National Council for...
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More Reasons why GEG Has to be Supported

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges members of the Special Select Committee and parliamentarians (MPs) to seriously consider if Malaysia advocates the production of generations of nicotine addicts. They have the responsibility to protect the greater interests of the population by supporting the Generational End Game (GEG) rather than those with vested business interests. According to...
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Stop the proposed mining and beneficiation of lanthanide element ion-adsorption deposit in Mukim Kenering, Hulu Perak, Perak

The pilot project for the proposed mining and beneficiation of lanthanide element ion-adsorption deposit on a total area of about 5,339 acres (2,161) Ha in Mukim Kenering, Daerah Hulu Perak, Perak Darul Ridzuan is set to start very soon. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report was available for public review in August 2021 and it was approved on 11 May 2022 despite its serious flaws. As...
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