How scientific research can be unscientific

Scientists are supposed to be rigorous and unbiased in their scientific research. 3 top US scientists were forced to resign in mid-September 2018 due to misconduct. Jose Baselga, chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York had authored hundreds of articles on cancer research. In dozens of articles, he was found …

Stop Seeking Publicity for Aid Given to the Needy during Ramadhan

Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on Muslim organisations, Ministers, politicians and community leaders to avoid seeking publicity for distribution of aid to needy Muslims during Ramadhan. It has become a recent practice to publicise widely the aid given to the poor and needy for Eid al-Fitri celebrations. Events are organized, often in mosques, attended …

‘NO’ TO BEER FEST

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is of the view that Oktoberfest, a German beer festival, should never be permitted at all and we have been consistent in our stand.
We launched a nationwide anti-alcohol campaign in 1988 to tackle the problem from different angles. This tireless effort came in the form of numerous letters and memos to the authorities, coaxing them to take action, especially in the form of effective legislation.

Celebrating Eid-al-Fitr, Avoid Extravagance and Bid’ah

Hari Raya Message from CAP President Haji S.M. Mohamed Idris

We are in the last ten days of Ramadhan when Muslims are required to spend more time in prayer, introspection and giving charity. Regrettably, they are bombarded with advertisements to buy and consume more. “Ramadan Jam11, Gila-Gila Deals from RM1, Raya Ni Mesti Cun,, Jualan Hebat up to 50%” are some of the ads to tempt consumers.

Advertising sales without misleading consumers and violating regulations may be acceptable. What is objectionable is linking sales promotion to Eid-al-Fitr celebration. It desacralises a highly spiritual event. What are the authorities and the Ulama doing? They need to take firm action to stop this secularisation of Islam.

Advice on Observing Ramadhan

by CAP President Haji S.M.Mohamed Idris

Ramadhan is the most sacred month in the Muslim calendar when the noble Qur’an was revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. as a guidance to mankind.  It prescribes fasting as a way to attain Taqwa (God-consciousness) and the Prophet is reported to have narrated:  “Allah said, every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me, I give reward for it.  The fast is a shield”. It is a shield against sin and excessive love of this world.

Ramadhan is supposed to be a month of intense devotion for Muslims but for many it has become a month of feasting and wasteful spending. Islam enjoins its followers to avoid gluttony, waste and extravagance. The Prophet s.a.w. said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it then one-third for food, one- third for drink and one-third for air.”