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Category: Safety EN

Old lifts must be replaced

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shockingly not shocked about the incident involving the lift at the Kampung Kerinchi PPR flat suddenly dropping 15m from the 5th floor to the ground floor. We had stressed in the past that the probability of accidents happening is higher since the period in between DOSH inspections of the lifts is too long, i.e. 15 months. This time they were lucky...
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DOSH fails to oversee non-compliance of safety requirement at worksite

  The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked when the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) disclosed on 18 August 2018 that 711 workers were killed on the job in 2017, with 183 of the fatalities occurring at construction sites. Three persons were injured and an Indonesian couple killed in the latest worksite incident at Gombak LRT station where a multi-storey...
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CAP: New Rules on Tint Completely Disregard Safety and Security

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is baffled by the Transport Minister’s announcement on the new rules on private car window tints. Not only was the announcement very sudden, but there appears to have been no consultation with other road transport authorities. This sudden U-turn does not address road safety and security concerns. The Transport Minister, Anthony Loke, was reported to...
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Housing Ministry must stop Fire Department compelling use of SPKA system

The fire department is lamenting that there are some designated buildings operating with expired Fire Certificates. Is this because they have not changed to the SPKA system monopolized by one company through a questionable “open tender”? Over the last two (2) years the fire department had sent out letters threatening designated premise holders that if they do not switch over to the automatic...
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CAP: Address plight of heavy vehicle drivers to curb road accidents

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) wishes to draw attention to disturbing findings made from its recent survey on drivers of commercial express buses and cargo lorries in light of the continuing incidences of fatal road accidents involving these vehicles. CAP calls on the authorities to take this matter seriously and institute strong measures to curb this scourge. Between 2007 and 2016...
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Ban e-games!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urgently calls on the government to ban violent e-games like the Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG) that was emulated by the terrorists who massacred people at the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, recently. It is highly regrettable that the Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman claimed that such terror attacks should not be...
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Get Ready for The Next Round Of Fire Crackers

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Customs Excise Department and the Police to intensify nationwide crackdown on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers. Earlier June this year during Hari Raya festival, CAP alerted the authorities of the rampant sales of banned firecrackers and fireworks.  The authorities managed to seized large amounts of this contraband.  In...
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FIRECRACKERS – RINGGIT AND SEN-SE MATTERS

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Customs Excise Department and the Police to intensify nationwide crackdown on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers.  CAP has been calling on the authorities to impose heavier penalties on offenders including jail sentences for more than two decades. We believe that if enforcement is beefed up, smuggling of contraband can be...
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DANGEROUS HIGH-RISK BUILDINGS

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned with the news that roughly half of the 8638 high-risk buildings in our country have failed to get the Fire Certification (FC) issued by the Fire and Rescue Department. Four months ago there was an incident at the EPF building at Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya where a fire that started was able to spread rapidly due to the exterior cladding...
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Firecrackers and illegal fireworks are still in the market

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has repeatedly called for a strict enforcement of a ban on firecrackers/fireworks for more than 20 years but these calls have fallen on deaf ears. While we are struggling just to enforce the law, more than 40,000 people signed a petition calling for a new law to ban the public use of fireworks in the United Kingdom (UK). Their reasons are that...
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