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Who Pays the Price: Human Costs in Electronics

This short documentary reveals the hazards of the electronics industry in China profiling workers poisoned by chemicals and their struggle for compensation. Thousands of young people in China enter export factories to make the West's favorite electronic gadgets, only to find they have contracted occupational diseases or worse, leukemia, by the age of 25. This 10 minute video is the culmination...
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Wireless Mobile Devices are Weapons of Mass Distraction

The Consumers Association of Penang urges parents to monitor and limit children’s time spent on Wireless Mobile Devices (WMD) which are ubiquitous and their use obsessive. These devices like smartphones, tablets, phablets, notebooks or other digital devices are weapons of mass distraction because of their addictive nature, multifunctionality, mobility and omnipresence. WMDs are stuck to us...
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44 teaspoons of sugar in a cinema sized Coca Cola, confirms Coke executive

A COCA-Cola executive has admitted a can of Coke has "unnecessary" amounts of sugar and "things need to change" to reduce serving sizes. Coca-Cola's European president admitted that some customers "don't realise" how much sugar is in the soft drink giant's drinks. Speaking on the television program Newsnight, James Quincey said Coca-Cola put in the sugar to please its customers, the Daily Mail...
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Diabetes Epidemic: Nip it in the Bud

  CAP calls on the relevant authorities to take immediate steps to control the growing number of obese children in the country to control the diabetes epidemic that Malaysia is facing. Studies have showed that childhood obesity levels in Malaysia are among the highest in Asian countries. Data from various research groups have indicated that as many as 15% of toddlers and preschool children...
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CAP and SAM join NGOs from 40 countries urging Dentsply to Stop Toxic Trade in Dental Amalgam

With a treaty on mercury to be signed next month, concern is growing that toxic mercury fillings will be dumped into developing nations.  In a letter to U.S. manufacturer Dentsply, 62 health, social justice, and environmental groups from 40 nations and six continents ask its president, Bret Wise, to cease selling dental amalgam to developing nations. The letter, found at is organized by the...
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Promote Cycling as a Public Health Policy: Make Cycling Safe and Convenient to Create Healthy Malaysians

Cycling and walking should be introduced as a central feature in our public health policy. The benefits can be enormous for the better health of Malaysians and these activities can save the country billions of ringgit in health and productivity costs. Yes, cycling is becoming popular among Malaysians for recreational purposes. It is time for the Government to tap on this popularity and make...
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Protecting our children from unhealthy food advertising: Needs more than a pledge

Reality bites – Malaysia is the fattest country in Southeast Asia and ranked number six in the whole of Asia. The Consumers’ Association of Penang will support good measures proposed by the Government to curb the obesity epidemic. But good measures should be legally binding and enforceable, not based on pledges or promises which can be broken with no punitive measures. Through the...
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Feet dragging over radioactive pendants

The Ministry of Health has finally and very belatedly come out with an announcement that the Quantum Pendant (Fusionexcel) and SE Pendant (Cosway) are highly radioactive and must be banned by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB). This announcement was made by the Minister of Health who said the matter had been discussed in the Cabinet last Friday. But the AELB is not in favour of banning...
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Control the sale of steroids

CAP urges the government to take measures to control the easy availability and widespread use of steroids by consumers without prescription from a doctor. Based on a media report, almost 18,000 youths may be exposed to health problems as the result of taking steroids which may lead to deaths. Consumers have easy access to steroids as they are offered and sold in gymnasiums, pharmacies, clinics...
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Addiction to E-cigarettes among youth: Health Ministry must impose total ban

CAP is appalled with the finding that the use of e-cigarettes is becoming popular among the youths in Malaysia. It is even more appalling that e-cigarettes are widely used by students.  This was revealed by a teacher from a secondary school in Penang who caught his students smoking e-cigarette.  The teacher handed over the e-cigarette to CAP and informed that approximately 60 students in his...
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