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Category: Safety EN

CAP welcomes non-compoundable traffic offence

CAP welcome the steps taken by the Ministry of Transport towards the seven traffic offences that will be non-compoundable throughout this Chinese New Year festive season. That means that those caught flouting them will not be offered a fine but will be referred to the courts instead. Such measures should not be restricted to only festival time but apply throughout the year. The seven major...
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Let Lemon Law Include New Vehicles As Well

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the recent announcement by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) that it is looking into efforts to improve laws related to the sale and purchase of used vehicles. However, we urge KPDNHEP to extend Lemon Law to new cars as well as they can be lemons too. Lemon Law is a remedy for purchasers of consumer products,...
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CAP: The Country Needs A Permanent Solution For Mat Rempits

The Consumers’ Association of Penang is demanding the authorities to put an end to the Mat Rempit menace once and for all. Illegal street racing has been going on for decades without any solid solution to resolve the social problem. With the recent incident at the Lim Chong Eu expressway, the time has come for the government and respective authorities should come together to find a permanent...
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Authorities must ensure that high-rise building balconies are safe for children

There is a video going around on social media showing a girl who appears to be 7 to 8 years old, who has climbed over the balcony railing onto the ledge of a high-rise building (presumably a flat) and proceeds to walk back and forth on the ledge. The girl is doing this on what seems to be the tenth or eleventh floor of the building. A short while later, she seems to hear a sound and hurriers,...
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Human factor in motorcyclist road fatalities

Malaysian motorcyclist fatalities may overtake Thailand according to a news report. As such, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) asks why, despite all the research and efforts in curbing accident rates, motorcycle fatality rate kept rising. In 2013, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) highlighted that Malaysia has the fifth highest accident fatalities involving...
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COOKING GAS EXPLOSIONS: CAP calls for mandatory safety standards for cooking gas cylinders

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the authorities to come out with mandatory safety standards for cooking gas cylinders. In Malaysia, gas leaks causing explosions have resulted in numerous injuries and deaths over the years. The latest involved a doctor who is battling for his life after a gas explosion left 95% of his body covered in burns. According to a doctor, gas explosions...
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Is Malaysia a dumping ground for unregulated electrical goods?

Thirty-four categories of household electrical products are regulated by Suruhanjaya Tenaga and is therefore mandatory that those products carry SIRIM labels. However, from a recent survey conducted by Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), it was revealed that the regulations have not been enforced adequately. When a product carries a SIRIM label it means that that product has been tested by...
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Put an end to the tragic incidents at the SUKE Highway project

Another tragic incident took place at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) project. Three construction workers died and a road user seriously injured when a crane launcher tipped over and crashed to the ground. Keep in mind that only 3 weeks ago a part of the SUKE highway that was still under construction collapsed and killed two people because of a road accident involving a...
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Ban the Sales of Dangerous Car Accessories

On 6thJuly 2020 newspaper reported Dr.Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, Director General of The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) urged the government to ban the sale of car accessories that could pose a risk, especially in the event of a crash. According to Berita Harian, one such item is the dummy buckle, which was originally meant for plus-sized individuals, but has since been...
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Participate in extreme sports at own peril

On 27 September 2020, a woman broke her back after the rope snapped during a rope swing activity in Kuala Kubu Bharu. This is not the first case involving extreme sports neither will it be the last as long as the authorities are lackadaisical. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked to learn on 11 October 2020 that the Hulu Selangor district council may allow the operator to...
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