Depression: Is Malaysia prepared to handle this mental health crisis?

A recent report  released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on ‘Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders estimates that in 2015 there were over 1.1 million cases of depressive disorders in Malaysia[1].  The report further states that depression is a major contributor to suicide deaths accounting for 800,000 or 1.5% of all deaths globally.  If …

MoH Lets Horse Bolt Before Closing The Gate

 The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked and disappointed that the Malaysian Health Ministry (MoH) allows the sale of heat-not-burn (HNB) tobacco product devices and exempted them from pictorial health warning (PHW). It is puzzling why MoH is confused with the Control of Tobacco Product (our italics) Regulations (CTPR), thinking that it regulates only shredded tobacco …

Debunking the ‘Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Product’ Myths

In response to Philip Morris (M) Sdn Bhd (PMM)’s recent media release, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) wishes to rebut the claims. In the opening statement PMM stated that “we would like to stress that our smoke-free products are intended to be better alternatives for adult smokers who can’t or don’t want to quit”. …

Smokers: 1 Million Under 10 Years, Majority Of 4.7 Million Start Before 18

CAP Fully supports the ban on cigarette sale and smoking in eaterie More than one million of the smokers in Malaysia are under the age of 10, and they emit about 4,000 noxious and cancerous chemicals present in tobacco. Most of the 4.7 million smokers in the country start smoking before the age of 18, …