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Category: Cultural EN

Masjid Pengkalan Hulu the First Mosque in Perak to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Masjid Jamek in Pengkalan Hulu, Perak has become the first mosque in the state of Perak to implement a ban on single-use plastics, including food and drink in plastic. The mosque committee in Pengkalan Hulu also organised an awareness programme on the dangers of single-use plastics. This awareness programme was initiated by the mosque committee after receiving advice from the Sultan of Perak....
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107-year-old shares her secret to a long and happy life: Don’t wait for your dreams to come true

American culture pushes people to dream big, stand out, and reach for the stars. That can make living a typical life feel underwhelming, or even like a failure. Nonsense, says Shirley Hodes, who celebrated her 107th birthday earlier this month at an independent living facility in North Carolina. “Not everyone has their dreams come true,” she tells CNBC Make It. If you want to be happy in...
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Protect Children from Becoming Victims of Child Pornography

Lately, there has been an increase in the number of reports about child pornography cases. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) finds it very disturbing and frightening that the number of individuals accessing child pornography online has been increasing. This means that the number of children becoming victims of child pornography is also increasing. The Bukit Aman Sexual, Women and...
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Break Only One Coconut during Thaipusam, Devotees urged

Devotees celebrating Thaipusam on February 5th are urged to break fewer coconuts.  The money used for breaking coconuts can be channelled to fulfil the various needs of a fraction of the Indian community that still lives below the poverty level. Breaking coconuts during Thaipusam is a cleansing ritual practised by Hindu devotees. It is a symbolic representation of surrendering one’s ego at...
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Ramadhan — Avoid waste and practice charity

During Ramadhan, for about ten years, CAP has been carrying out campaigns against waste, overindulgence and extravagance which is condemned by Islam and other religions. The campaign was initiated by our late president Allahyarham S.M.Mohammed Idris who was horrified by a large amount of food waste and the extravagant spending of the Muslim elite during this holy month while millions of people...
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SAM welcomes amendments to the National Forestry Act ’84 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the amendments proposed to the National Forestry Act ’84 which were tabled in Parliament last week. We call on Parliament to expedite the process to pass these changes quickly, so that they become legally effective. This must be followed by all State Governments adopting these amendments soon after, so that they are given legal effect and are enforced...
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A letter to our friends on the passing of our President, S.M. Mohamed Idris

Dear friends, It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that our President, S.M. Mohamed Idris has passed away after a brief illness on 17 May 2019. Mr Idris lived full and very active life, up to the end of his 93 years. He was invited to be President of CAP (Consumers’ Association of Penang) when it was established in 1969. Before that, he had been a member of the Municipal Council in Penang...
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Confusion, Doubts & Loopholes on Halal Status

The Consumers Association of Penang congratulates the government on its effort to table the National Halal Council Bill, which will deal with all aspects of the Halal industry. The new Act should help to ensure that producers act more responsibly in labelling food and products as Halal, rather than place the burden on consumers to determine the Halal status of the product. The Act should clarify...
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Consumer rights champion

by MARTIN KHOR* Honorary Secretary, Consumers’ Association of Penang Advisor, Third World Network SM Mohamed Idris was one of a kind. He was a force of nature. And in more ways than one. His passing away on May 17 was the passing of an era. I doubt we will be so fortunate to have someone like him again. He had such an incredible mind, with an insatiable thirst for information on all kinds of...
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