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Revoke approval for field trial of genetically modified mosquitoes

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) call upon the National Biosafety Board (NBB) to revoke the approval given to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in October 2010 to release genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for the purpose of a field experiment. The applicant and implementer of the field trial is the IMR which had developed the GM mosquitoes in a joint research with...
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Do not fluoridate our water

CAP is concerned that water fluoridation is to be re-introduced into Sabah's public wat er supply next year as reported in Bernama dated 28 December 2010. Water fluoridation was discontinued in 1989 by the then Sabah State Government which feared that inadequate supervision in the process of adding fluoride to the water could cause adverse effects.  It is reported that the imminent water...
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Cervical Cancer Vaccines: Tell Us the Truth

CAP is totally aghast with the relevant authorities, particularly with the Ministry of Health, for its absolute silence over the raging controversies on the rush to get our young girls vaccinated against cervical cancer. In the first place, there are many areas of concern over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which is said to prevent infection against certain species of human...
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Memorandum on Malaysia’s GM Aedes mosquito planned release

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are deeply concerned of the impending field release of Genetically Modified (GM) mosquitoes after the National Biosafety Board approved an application from the Institute of Medical Research to release GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Following this, we are submitting a memorandum to the Malaysian Government raising our concerns on serious ethical, legal,...
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An open letter from Malaysian NGOs on GM mosquitoes

This is an open letter from organisations in Malaysia concerned by the recent Government approval to release GM mosquitoes for the purpose of a field experiment. Kindly support our cause by highlighting the issue for the welfare of the public  and the conservation of our environment by copying and personally sending this letter to its intended recipients. Sincerely, S M Mohamed Idris President...
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Obtain Prior Informed Consent for GM mosquito release

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very anxious of the eventual release of the GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka despite objections and concerns raised by NGOs, public and scientists. The National Biosafety Board on 5 October 2010 approved the application submitted by the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) for...
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No more excuses: Ban Codeine now

CAP has for more than 15 years now raised the issue of the dangers and harmful effects of codeine in medications and its easy availability over the counter. We trust the Ministry of Health understands this, and its pharmaceutical authorities are well aware of the situation locally. So, why is it that they are not taking any action? This is despite the concerns raised by CAP as well as by...
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Rethink plan to release GM mosquitoes

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked to note the statement by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, as reported by the media yesterday, that field testing for genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes has been approved by the National Biosafety Board. This, despite the globally acknowledged fact that anything that is genetically modified, plant or animal, is not stable....
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Estimated 4.4 million rats in KL

Rats have become a serious problem since they are reservoirs of leptospirosis and other vector borne diseases.  The number of mortality and infections is increasing rapidly as more humans are exposed to rat urine and droppings. The Ministry of Health reported 62 deaths and 1,418 cases of infection due to leptospirosis. Another common rat related disease in Malaysia could be salmonellosis but...
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Asbestos: The deadly, silent killer

In recent weeks, concerns over asbestos poisoning have been raised in our local print media. And rightly so! This naturally occurring fibrous mineral, with fire and heat resistant properties, has been recognised as a serious threat to life in the Western countries and where possible, its use is avoided. People who work with asbestos are at serious risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis,...
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