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Category: Health EN

13 health benefits from cycling

Cycling is good for health. For one, it reduces death risks. In Denmark, a 15-year study associates cycling with a 40% reduction in mortality for both sexes over all ages (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2000). Basically, a person who cycles as a commuter consistently can expect, according to a report released in a 1986 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, to live longer than those who...
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Reviving the bicycle for health

The humble bicycle could be a key to our long-term survival — in terms of health, environment and economics. CAP’s research shows that reviving bicycle use here would benefit both the nation and the people. Here’s the evidence for health. A recent Malaysian Shape of the Nation survey showed that Malaysia has the most number of fat people in the Asean region. In fact, the number of fat...
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Are Hydrogen Cyanide levels in Bukit Koman really safe?

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) queries the Department of Environment (DOE) whether the concentration and level of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the air in Bukit Koman, near Raub, Pahang declared safe by the Department, are actually safe and will not cause any adverse health effects to those who are exposed to the pollutant. It was reported that in a statement to The Malay Mail, the DOE said monitoring...
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Why the celebration of A’s is bad

The yearly examination results announcement season is here again and as usual the nation celebrates the achievements of top scorers not realizing that Malaysians' preoccupation with "scoring" in school examinations does no one any favours.  For the high-achieving students themselves, it instills the perception that straight A’s are the be-all and end-all of school life. Co-curricular...
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Tax soft drinks to control diabetes

CAP calls on the authorities to impose a tax on soft drinks as an effort to reduce the escalating number of diabetics among Malaysians. The soda tax, as it is commonly called in the USA, is a tax or surcharge on soft drinks. The main purpose of this tax is to discourage high sugar consumption as soft drinks is a main contributor to obesity, which in turn is linked to diabetes, heart disease,...
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AELB must clarify statement on radioactive pendants

The Atomic Energy Licensing Board’s (AELB) Executive Secretary’s denial about issuing any official statement on the radioactive pendant issue is bemusing to the Consumers Association of Penang. We refer to the press statement issued by the Executive Secretary of the AELB on 19 September 2012, referring to CAP’s press statement wherein CAP had highlighted that the AELB had confirmed its...
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Harmful radioactive pendants

In 2010, CAP had raised our concern on the effects of radioactive or scalar energy pendants being sold by direct-sales companies.  CAP brought this matter to the attention of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) after receiving a complaint from a consumer. After conducting tests on the pendants, the AELB earlier this year informed the Ministry of Health that the...
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Plain packaging laws for cigarettes – Malaysia should emulate Australian move immediately!

Australia became the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging laws for cigarettes in July 2011. A month before it could even get that Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 legislated, the Asian arm of Philip Morris demanded compensation from Australia. Under the Act which would be implemented throughout Australia by December 2012, cigarette packages would no longer be able to display...
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Bicycle Campaign 15 Sept 2012

Cycling is one of the greatest mode of transportation to help ease the pollution problem and protect environment. Thus in conjunction with the World Environment Day, CAP is organising our 13th Bicycle Campaign with the cooperation of the Penang Department of Environment and Penang Department of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives & Consumerism. Since 2006, CAP with the cooperation of various...
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Govt must say “NO” to request for moderate tax hike

With reference to the news report Tobacco players ask for moderation in tax hike (7 August 2012), the CAP strongly urge the government to reject the request of the tobacco industry to impose ‘moderate’ tobacco tax in the pending Budget 2013. The government should prioritise to protect the health and well-being of its citizens. According to the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance...
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