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Danger posed by aged tyres

Consumers' Association of Penang (CAP) calls on vehicle owners to check their tyres for the manufacturing date, to ensure that they are not using aged tyres, regardless of tread depth or mileage, to prevent tread separation. A survey carried out by CAP found that tyre retailers did not stock up large number of tyres in their stores. Although those found exhibited in front were within a year...
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Big jump in deaths of motorcyclists

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is alarmed at the latest motor vehicle accident statistics which indicate that between 10 to 15 motorcycle riders and pillion riders die as a result of accidents every day in the country. There has been a 9.6 per cent increase in deaths which translate into 290 additional deaths of which 211 were motorcycle riders and pillion riders, between January and...
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Disallow importation of xenon HID light components

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) congratulates the Road Transport Department for its ongoing success in curbing the illegal use of Xenon HID (High Intensity-Discharge) lights on vehicles in the country. Xenon lights are a proven hazard to Malaysian motorists. They are far more suited for use in European countries where visibility is low due to foggy conditions or during winter....
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Discounted driving licenses irrelevant

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls to attention the recent recommendation of the Director of the Road Safety Department (JKJR), Datuk Suret Singh, that school students in the Ampang area be given a discount of 50 per cent in fees to obtain driving licenses. This is irrelevant and antithetical to the objective of zero road accidents among youths. CAP is alarmed at the latest motor...
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Use only Sirim-certified helmets

Motorcyclists and pillion riders should only use Sirim certified crash helmets, said Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S. M. Mohamed Idris. He said statistics provided by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) showed that 68% of the 3,963 motorcyclists and pillion riders who died in road accidents last year wore sub-standard helmets or did not wear any helmets.   “Crash...
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Crane accidents – Who is responsible?

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is increasingly worried about the substantial number of accidents involving cranes at construction sites in this country.  Most of these cases are caused by non-compliance of basic safety guidelines as stipulated by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). In May 2007, two...
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Hold professionals liable in building collapse

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is appalled at the state of affairs concerning the safety of our buildings and the safety standards practiced by local and foreign contractors here. The country is still reeling from the tragedy of the Jaya Supermarket deaths and now we have another near miss in the form of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium roof collapse in Kuala Terengganu. It is...
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Were safety measures followed in building demolition?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked at the circumstances surrounding the Jaya Supermarket tragedy. It is incomprehensible that hazardous demolition work which is normally executed after careful planning could go awry and result in the entrapment and death of 7 foreign workers. According to a media report, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Lajim Ukin said initial...
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