Protect the welfare of indigenous communities in Sarawak amid the MCO

SAM has been receiving reports from indigenous communities in interior Sarawak, which describe how the movement control order (MCO) has affected them. The communities are currently anxious over the dwindling supply of essential food items, daily necessities and cash, and their inability to access medical, banking and other essential services and sell their produce in the nearest rural …

Turn Pulau Jerejak into a temporary quarantine centre to address Covid-19 situation

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to consider using Pulau Jerejak as a temporary quarantine centre for the northern region. This is not a frivolous idea since it had been used as a health quarantine centre for immigrants in 1875 and just a five-minute boat ride away from Penang Island. It has …

Chemicals in food packaging: a global health threat

Environment groups in Asia Pacific call on policy makers to beef up single-use plastics ban; phase-out toxic chemicals from food packaging; and mandate safe, reusable alternatives Australia/India/Malaysia/Nepal/Philippines — Close to 200 environmental and public health organizations led by the UNWRAPPED Project (UPSTREAM, Zero Waste Europe, and GAIA) released a Call to Action in response to a recently issued …

Prevention of 2019-nCoV needs drastic approach

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to ban visitors from affected areas from coming into Malaysia to reduce the risk of 2019-nCoV, also known as Wuhan coronavirus infection, and to implement stringent health checks. It is erroneous to assume that it is possible to identify suspected cases by conducting fever screening at …