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Category: Development EN

water-wastage

Abolish subsidies for sustainable water supply and water wastage reduction

CAP is against any water supply subsidies that are being given to consumers in Penang and Malaysia if we are to become a water-efficient nation.  We are appalled to learn that the domestic water subsidy in Penang had reached the level of RM41 million last year. Without appreciating the true value of water, consumers will not use water wisely. Cheap water is not the solution.  If water is too...
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Water conservation initiative in Penang

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd’s (PBAPP) Aquasave programme to promote water conservation in the state. This water conservation effort has been long due. PBAPP has stated that Penangites are high water users, consuming 286 litres of water per person daily, compared with the national recommendation of 220 litres and United...
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rich-poor-contrast

Resolve widening income disparity gap now

The difference between what the rich and the poor earn (the income disparity gap) remains wide and needs the government’s urgent attention. In a fair and just society, economic growth should benefit everyone.  Unfortunately this is not happening in Malaysia in spite of years of economic growth. We have now an aristocracy of wealth where a small group of Malaysians are very rich (22...
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War on our roads kills 2X more than US invasion of Afghanistan

Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, 28,778 people died. Within the same duration in Malaysia 62,323 people lost their lives on our roads. With so many deaths and serious injuries we may liken this situation to a war. In many instances, whole families have been wiped out and yet most of us have remained largely insensitive, ignoring the sufferings of others. What are the agencies and...
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Why we need to support Palestine

The Israeli slaughter, hijacking and abduction of passengers of a humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza with Malaysians on board, is a grim and timely reminder to all Malaysians that Israel does this with impunity, in absolute defiance of international law and in complete contempt of world public opinion. The ships were trying to deliver aid to Gaza which has been under a crippling siege imposed...
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Ramadhan not a tourist product

The Consumers’ Association of Penang feels  outraged by  the statement of the Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen that Malaysia is going to have “the first ever Ramadhan Summer Festival featuring food, shopping and other fun-filled activities” to attract Middle Eastern tourists during the Ramadhan month in August. Dr Ng should be reminded that Ramadhan is not a tourist product but...
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renovation-racket

New apartment owners extorted by developers’ agents/contractors!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has received countless complaints since 2008 via anonymous letters, telephone calls, letters of complaint and even read in our mainstream media, letters written by hapless flat and condominium owners, highlighting the tactics used by developers’ agents/contractors to force new owners to renovate their units at exorbitant charges. Such complaints are...
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Public should support measures to reduce subsidies

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) supports the Government’s initiative to reduce its subsidy bill of RM74 billion in 2009, which is more than its development expenditure of RM51.2 billion in 2010. Of concern here is the long term survival of the country.  If we do not act now to reduce this massive bill, we will pay dearly for it in the near future. Subsidies should therefore only...
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92% played truant to visit cyber cafes

Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a media report had stated that truancy and gangsterism among students can lead to very serious disciplinary problems and crime. Of late, cyber cafes are also mentioned as one of the contributors to negative behaviour among school children. Cyber cafes give an opportunity for everyone to access computer and internet but unfortunately this facility...
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SOCSO cases: Effective compensation needed

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) applauds the Human Resource Minister, YB Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam for highlighting the fact that workers are losing out on SOCSO claims because doctors do not link diseases and health problems to the job. The problem of serious under-reporting of occupational diseases had also been highlighted by our former Human Resource Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Fong...
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