CAP: Malaysians in Dire Need of Clean Air

In March this year, some 2,775 people fell ill from exposure to toxic fumes in Pasir Gudang. They suffered from breathing difficulties, chest pain and vomiting. 200 people including school children were hospitalised, 111 schools were shut down temporarily. Fire and rescue officials identified at least 15 different types of chemicals, including the colourless and extremely poisonous …

CAP: Sugar Tax should cover all High-Sugar Foods

The Consumers Association of Penang supports the call made by the Finance Minister that beverage manufacturers should lower the sugar content in their products to avoid paying sugar tax. However, in their pursuit to lower the sugar content, beverage manufacturers should not be allowed  to use substitutes which are more dangerous than sugar, for example …

Vape in the guise of a watch: Government agencies and teachers should get cracking

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is urging the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), the Royal Customs and Excise Department, the Energy Commission (EC), and in particular school disciplinary teachers to check on e-cigarettes in the guise of a functional watch. This …

CAP is not shocked by the contaminated bottled mineral water

When the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) directed the recall of Malaysia’s “Starfresh” bottled drinking water on 12 June 2019 because of bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) was not the slightest surprised. In view of the findings in Singapore, a similar recall should also be done in Malaysia if the product is being …