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Author: Lai Cheng

Asian civil society calls on E.U. to end dental amalgam trade

As the European Union moves to 100% mercury-free dentistry, Asian civil society is insisting the amalgam trade end at the same time. Dental amalgam comprising 50% mercury, is toxic and inconsistent with the environment and modern dentistry.  After a decade of studies and partial bans, the European Union appears poised to set an end date for its use, as is happening elsewhere in the world....
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Transformative Cities: CAP’s Urban Farming Project

When 80-year-old Ch'ng Ah Bee first heard that the Senior Citizens Association in Scotland Road, Penang was going to start an eco-farm, she was more than excited as she can now put her gardening skills to good use. "I used to live in a landed property and had space to have my own little garden where I planted a lot of vegetation,” Ch'ng said. "But when I moved to a condominium, space was...
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Green Action Week 2022: Sharing Community “From Leftovers to Meals”

PRESS STATEMENT by CAP President Mohideen Abdul Kader on the need to avoid food wastage in conjunction with CAP's "From Leftovers to Meals" public campaign held at CAP's premises on 8 October 2022: DON'T LET EDIBLE LEFTOVER FOOD GO TO WASTE The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is celebrating this year’s Green Action Week themed “Sharing Community” by providing tips on how to convert...
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TRANSFORMATIVE CITIES AWARD 2022

WE NEED YOUR VOTES. Dear friends, CAP is a finalist of the Transformative Cities Award 2022. We need you to support us. For several years now, we have, through our urban farming campaigns, guided and shared useful knowledge with farmers, schools and individuals. Our objective is to transform the country's food system into a healthier and more sustainable one. Together we can all drive changes to...
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TRANSFORMATIVE CITIES AWARD 2022

Transformative Cities Award 2022 seeks to recognise sustainable transformation efforts by local initiatives around the world in various areas - water, food, housing and energy. Important transformative initiatives are those that change the status quo, leaving behind models driven by corporations' profits. CAP has been selected to be one of the finalists in the Food category of the Award. WE NEED...
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CAP shocked the Cabinet has ratified CPTPP

CAP is shocked that the Cabinet had decided to ratify the controversial Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) even as parliamentarians prepared to debate this in the ongoing Dewan Rakyat sitting. Our study of the latest cost-benefit analysis (CBA) commissioned by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) confirms...
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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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