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WORST INVENTION?

We all clamour for our dream car? A dream turning into a nightmare. Planners and traffic engineers plan our cities to the needs of the private cars. Roads, highways, carparks... their needs become public and subsidised while people cannot house themselves. We are subsidising the rich. We are willing to breathe in the fumes as the cars become the main source of pollution in our cities. The cars...
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Not streaming upper secondary students a step in the right direction

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) would like to commend the Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik for introducing a more flexible education model for upper secondary students. We believe that with this new system, students will not feel that they are being pressured into certain career paths because they have been streamed after their PT3. At this point in time there are two things we...
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Are we having a ‘fire-sale’?

With the anti-government protest going on in Hong Kong, Malaysian developers are making a beeline to attract Hong Kong investors to buy properties here. This may ease the overhang in the local property market but it is not going to solve housing problems faced by our people. Penang, Selangor, and Johor have set the highest minimum property prices for foreigners to acquire properties. For Selangor...
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Consumers living beyond their means

Consumers are living beyond their means because of the escalating food prices. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has been highlighting the astronomical increase in food prices for decades but the calls have fallen on deaf ears. We are now experiencing high cost of living caused by multiple factors and one reason is that we have been too dependent on imported food which negatively...
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Low Cost Housing Units Which Are Not Low Cost

Developers in Penang have to comply with a “Compliance Clause” that requires them to build 30% of public housing – ie. low cost (RM42,000.00) and Low-Medium Cost (RM72,500.00). Applicants for these houses who are qualified and registered with the State’s Housing Department are sent offer letters by the department when these units are available. Happiness turns to sadness, even dismay,...
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Workers housing should be mandatory

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed that Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 amendment Bill does not make it mandatory for employers to provide their workers with housing. This is a major step backwards in terms of the government dealing with the plight of foreign workers and even local workers who work far from home. Employers should provide...
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Who is the manipulator? – CAP asks CM Chow Kon Yeow

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is unable to comprehend the statement by Penang CM Chow Kon Yeow that there were “certain people” manipulating information on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and the Penang South Reclamation for their own benefit, as reported in a daily dated 24 July 2019.  Chow had stated that the Penang government is not hiding any information and urged...
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Large monoculture plantations continue to threaten the NCR and forests in Sarawak

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to announce the launch of our publication – ‘The Land We Lost – Native customary rights and monoculture plantations in Sarawak’, the outcome of our research on how large pulp and paper, timber tree and oil palm plantations have caused deforestation, river pollution and the violations of native customary rights (NCR) in Sarawak. This publication...
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HUNDREDS OF TRADITIONAL FISHERMEN REJECT THE PENANG SOUTH RECLAMATION PROJECT AND PERAK SAND MINING

1. OBJECTION TO THE PENANG RECLAMATION AND PERAK SAND MINING: More than a hundred fishermen from various units and associations from Penang and Perak are gathered here today, together with NGOs and concerned citizens who are in solidarity, at this peaceful rally outside the Parliament to protest the Penang South Reclamation project (PSR) and the consequent sand mining in Perak. The reclamation...
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