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Category: Development EN

Making MySejahtera mandatory is victimising the non-IT savvy and the poor

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) strongly disagrees with the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN)’s implementation of MySejahtera as the only means for contact tracing. Subsequently a supermarket in Penang no longer provides a logbook for its customers and the customers were prevented from entering the supermarket when they failed to scan the MySejahtera QR code. This has caused...
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EMPTY HOUSES, HOMELESS PEOPLE: Need for a National Housing Policy and need to prioritise rental and social housing

It is not surprising, yet depressing, that property overhang is the highest since 2018 with 63,063 unsold units valued at RM46.96 billion as in June 2020. By September 2020, the overhang worsened with high-rise units with prices ranging between RM200,000 and RM700,000 worse hit, accounting for 70.5% of the overhang. These figures reflect a total failure of our housing policy which allows...
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WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

Today (20 February) is WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE – a global observance that highlights the social injustice throughout the world and suggests solutions and improvements for it. This year’s theme is "A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy". The digital economy is transforming the world of work. Over the past decade, expansion in broadband connectivity, cloud computing, and data...
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Stop profiteering from the shortage of computers

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to take urgent measures to control the prices of laptops and tablet computers which are desperately needed by students for their online education, which has been badly affected since mid-March 2020. It is the responsibility of the relevant authorities to ensure that there is no profiteering with the surge in demand for these items in...
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Live Simply, and You’ll Live Richly

by Martin Khor LIVE simply, and live more richly. What’s more, you’ll be doing everyone else a favour, and contributing to the survival of our world. This may sound like a simple message; some may even say “simplistic”. But as you may know, the most profound things may also be the most simple. To lead a simple life may also be to live a pro¬found and happy one. People today spend so...
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CAP welcomes Appeal Court decision to stop project in public open space

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the decision by the Court of Appeal to stop the proposed high-rise project in Taman Rimba Kiara. It was a bold decision and should serve as a precedent in similar cases. The residents association of the adjoining Taman Tun Dr Ismail brought the case to court to have the development order issued by the Kuala Lumpur Datuk Bandar quashed. They lost in...
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The tragic death of another Borneo Pygmy elephant

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is very concerned about another incident involving a Borneo Pygmy elephant found dead as a result of the cruel and irresponsible actions of a few individuals.  It was reported that the carcass of the elephant showed signs of having been shot and having cuts. There were seven shots, all of which hit the elephant's head. The motive for the killing has not yet been...
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Designed To Destroy

According to Schumpeter, the "gale of creative destruction" describes the "process of industrial mutation that continuously revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one". This includes the destruction of local cultures and heritage, local indigenous knowledge, and the promotion of the idea of progress, modernism and...
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WHICH do you value more – YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE?

In today’s consuming culture, most people wouldn’t mind having more money to spend. But while money matters in life, ie for meeting basic needs, always wanting more, or having more and spending more may not necessarily be a good thing. Too much money shatters one’s life. That’s no preachy philosophy, but an emerging scientific verdict from a growing body of research today. Based on...
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Should we JUST SUBMIT?

“Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.” — Lewis Mumford
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