CAP is concerned at the violence that seems to be taking root in our society and manifesting itself in various ugly forms. Transgressions that are perpetrated these days rivet the attention of the nation by their innovation and sheer brutality.
It is all the more disturbing when youngsters are involved. These children seem to be getting increasingly vicious – finding new ways to inflict pain on their peers, teachers and parents. Even teenagers and those in their early twenties are being detained for crimes such as assaults, murder and rape.
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) views with deep concern the statement by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, that the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) is re-examining the role of RapidKL after private bus companies complained they were losing passengers because their fares were higher.
CAP questions the Governments rationale behind its propensity for overhead pedestrian bridges. They are an encumbrance to most pedestrians and not a convenience as is the preferred belief. They are also a deplorable waste of public funds.
On Penang island alone there are at least 12 of these overhead bridges. They cost anything between RM750,000.00 (in 2005) to RM1 million or more to build today. A survey by CAP revealed that many were poorly maintained with unswept, waterlogged walkways strewn with rubbish, broken and leaky roofs, unlit or with broken lights as well as with cracked and poorly patched-up concrete steps which are lopsided, irregular in height and unsafe for users, especially the aged and handicapped.