Secret RCEP trade deal fails international standards of transparency experts warn

The 23rd round of negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand this week. The mega- Asian trade deal will impact the lives of over 3 billion people, yet a new study which is available at content/uploads/2018/07/RCEP- trade-deal-secret-deal.pdf    reveals how the deal fails international standards of transparency and public engagement. …

CAP: Call for proper auction procedures in the awarding of spectrum 

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is extremely concerned that our government has lost billions of Ringgit in potential revenue in the awarding of spectrum licences to mobile phone operators in the past, through lack of transparency in the awarding process, as well as in the low pricing.  It is significant to note that India, which …

MPs must work for the empowerment and welfare of the people

Congratulations to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. With his past long and varied experience in leading the country, he will be able to take Malaysia to greater heights and prepare the way for a smooth succession.

I thank God and congratulate the people of Malaysia for participating peacefully and responsibly in the democratic process to elect a new government and to accept the results of the election. We have set a good example for other countries to emulate, particularly those Muslim states that are still ruled by dictators and absolute monarchs. We should be proud of our achievement.

4th Industrial Revolution (4IR): doom or boom?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) takes great concern at increasing reports of workers losing their jobs due to the advent of the “4th Industrial Revolution” (4IR), which is touted to replace many skills and functions with automation aided by software.

The laying off of employees, especially senior workforce members who have operated in their respective fields for decades, due to the introduction of automation and technology is an alarming phenomenon that has not been given due recognition.

Don’t sign revised TPP agreement, CAP calls on government

According to news reports, the 11 countries that agreed to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), without the United States, have now concluded negotiations to sign an agreement very similar to the TPPA. Malaysia is one of the 11 countries.
Yet the Malaysian public has been kept in the dark on these recent negotiations and on the new agreement.
According to news reports, the new agreement known as CPTPP, is almost the same as the TPPA, except for a few minor changes.