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Category: Environment EN

CAP : Lets Us Move Towards Polystyrene Free Thaipusam

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the management of all the temples in Malaysia that celebrates Thaipusam not to use polystyrene food containers in their temple surroundings when serving food to devotees. Thaipusam is celebrated in the months of Thai (which falls between January and February) for Lord Murugan where it attracts the largest gathering of devotees to their favourite...
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THE BATANG KALI LANDSLIDE – A National Dilemma or Symptomatic Problem?

by Gary Khaeril Zach, Director of EDUTREE Services Traditionally, December is the time people take time off to relax, retreat and recuperate, especially for the city weary folks of Klang Valley and the surrounding urban areas. However, in the cool and quiet hours of 16 December, when Malaysia was asleep a tragedy began to unfold. First and foremost and with all due respect, our deepest regret...
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UNITED STATES MUST ACT RESPONSIBLY TO END CLIMATE INJUSTICE

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to respond to the recent statement by the United States Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr Brian Mcfeeters entitled ‘Partners in climate action’, that was featured in a major English daily (6 Jan, 2023, Letter to Editor, The STAR). While we agree with the US Ambassador that bold action to tackle climate change is more urgent than ever by everyone, the partnership...
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REVIEW MALAYSIA’S PARTICIPATION in the CPTPP Agreement – Memo to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security

Malaysia's participation in the CPTPP agreement should be reviewed for the benefit of farmers, fishermen and livestock breeders as well as the nation's food security.  The Malaysia Food Sovereignty Forum has on 29 December 2022 submitted the following memorandum – signed by 54 organisations – to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security YB Tuan Haji Mohamad bin Sabu on the matter....
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CAP calls on the Penang government to cancel the cable car project and improve public transport and amenities

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Penang State Government not to build a cable car connecting Botanical Gardens to the Penang Hill summit as it will have serious consequences for our environment and health. The well-being of the people and the integrity of our environment should not be sacrificed at the altar of tourist dollars. The provision of a cable car would lead to the...
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Make those responsible for Batang Kali tragedy accountable   

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) express our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the Batang Kali landslide tragedy. It is one of the worst tragedies in recent times and should serve as a wake-up call to the authorities to take measures to ensure the safety of campsites and recreational grounds near hill slopes. The tragedy occurred due to the collapse of the...
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A Commission of Inquiry should be set up for the landslide tragedy in Batang Kali

SAM is shocked to learn about the horrific landslide tragedy in Batang Kali which has claimed several lives including children. Time and again we have been warning about allowing earthworks and other forms of activities on highlands and hillslopes which are environmentally sensitive areas. The root causes of the tragedy must be investigated and publicly disclosed. How was a campsite allowed on a...
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Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award 2022

WINNERS ANNOUNCED Thank you to everyone who voted and celebrated the #TransformativeCities with us from all across the world! The award had a record-breaking reach, with over 16,000 people voting in the People's Choice Award, more than 50 media reports, and dozens of local events. Together we were able to highlight inspiring stories of change and share transformative practices with tens of...
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90 Civil Society Groups Call on China to Protect Biodiversity in its Overseas Investments

On December 15, 2022, 90 civil society groups from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the world called on Chinese authorities and actors to protect biodiversity and people in its overseas investments. As China is chairing the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP) currently underway this month, civil society and impacted communities voiced concerns that...
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GREEN ACTION WEEK 2022 – How CAP Contributed to a Sharing Community

CAP was one of the 58 organisations from 33 countries that took part in the Green Action Week (GAW) 2022, a global campaign to promote sustainable consumption. We had shared news on our green activities for GAW in our social media. In case you missed the stories, you can still read about how we contributed to a Sharing Community (see link below). Click on “CAP” on the world map in the link...
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