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In conjunction with World Earth Day 2023, CAP conducted a public programme at our premises on Thurs (20 April 2023) to encourage the public to grow at least one herbal plant at home as their environmental commitment to the Earth.


Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has lost a dear comrade and friend, Ng Got Keng, who passed away peacefully on 12 February 2023.

Keng, as she was fondly called, joined CAP on 1 July 1988 as a Graphic Artist and served the organisation for a good 32 years until 31 December 2020. She continued to support our cause after leaving the organisation.

Keng was one of the many unsung heroes in CAP who worked quietly in the background, handling the important day-to-day processes that made it possible for us to share our vision and spread important consumer messages to people. Having worked in an advertising firm before, she brought the experience she had gained to her work in CAP – preparing graphics, layouts and drawings for our books, newspapers and other printed publications.


CAP's Seed Festival & Conference

Welcome address by Mr Mohideen Abdul Kader,
President, Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP).
22 November 2022

Seed Festival and Conference
Organised by Consumers’ Association of Penang
22nd – 24th  November 2022 at RECSAM, Penang

Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen!

With great pleasure, I welcome you all to the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s Seed Festival and Conference. I would like to express my appreciation to all the speakers and resource persons, all the participants and CAP staff who have contributed their time and resources in ensuring the success of this festival. This seed festival, organised by CAP, is supported by the Agroecology Fund.

Transformative Cities: CAP’s Urban Farming Project

When 80-year-old Ch’ng Ah Bee first heard that the Senior Citizens Association in Scotland Road, Penang was going to start an eco-farm, she was more than excited as she can now put her gardening skills to good use.

“I used to live in a landed property and had space to have my own little garden where I planted a lot of vegetation,” Ch’ng said. “But when I moved to a condominium, space was limited and I could only grow certain things like chili, curry leaves, mint and some other herbs. When I was told that the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) was coming in to help set up the eco-farm at the association, I was waiting for it.”

Speech by President of Consumers’ Association of Penang, Mr Mohideen Abdul Kader on 21 September 2022 in conjunction with Green Action Week 2022

“Schools for Green Action

First of all, I would like to thank the Principal, teachers, and students of SMK Convent Butterworth for taking on this mammoth task to host the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s Green Action Week 2022 activity in this school. We also thank the Education Department of Penang for endorsing this activity, and Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai who has been at the forefront in encouraging schools in the city to go green.


20 August 2022

Uma Ramaswamy Iyer, 65, was a dedicated and passionate consumer advocate who served with CAP for close to 35 years. She was the personal secretary to the late CAP President S M Mohd Idris for almost 32 years. After his demise, she continued in this position under the new president Encik Mohideen Abdul Kader, until her recent passing.

Uma was involved in important areas of CAP’s administrative work, and was in charge of our press releases for a good period of time. Until her death, she was Head of the Complaints Section that advises and fights for justice for consumers on various matters.

Achuran Koran, fondly called Mano, is much loved by everyone in CAP for his soft-spoken and helpful nature.

23 February 2022

His journey in CAP started in the 1970s when Subbarow introduced the organisation to him. The late Mr Rajean, the then Head of the Rural Section welcomed Mano wholeheartedly and appreciated his assistance in conducting activities in CAP’s early days.

Mano was working in a packaging factory in those days and whenever he was free, he would quickly cycle to CAP to give a helping hand in whatever way is needed. After getting a more stable job at the Penang Port Commission, his attachment to CAP became even stronger and he actively got involved in all the activities organised by CAP and SAM during the weekends.

Eminent activist, Martin Khor Kok Peng passes away

1 April 2020

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:  Malaysia has lost one of its best activist who was also an intellectual of international standing who had worked tirelessly for the downtrodden and the disadvantaged South.

Martin Khor was the Honorary Secretary of the Consumers Association of Penang, Advisor to the Third World Network, Council Member of Sahabat Alam Malaysia and former Executive Director of South Centre (a group representing the interests of the 53 developing countries based in Geneva).

CAP celebrates 50 years

CAP was inaugurated on 7th November 1969 at the Town Hall in Penang and the late S. M. Mohd Idris was elected President and today by God’s grace it has reached its 50th milestone.

Consumer Rights Champion


Honorary Secretary, Consumers’ Association of Penang

Advisor, Third World Network

SM Mohamed Idris was one of a kind. He was a force of nature. And in more ways than one. His passing away on May 17 was the passing of an era. I doubt we will be so fortunate to have someone like him again.

He had such an incredible mind, with an insatiable thirst for information on all kinds of issues, from the most minute to the largest. He could process and synthesise all that information and see the links between them. And then translate them into points for concrete actions and policies.

A letter to our friends on the passing of our

President, S.M. Mohamed Idris

Dear friends,
It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that our President, S.M. Mohamed Idris has passed away after a brief illness on 17 May 2019. Mr Idris lived full and very active life, up to the end of his 93 years. He was invited to be President of CAP (Consumers’ Association of Penang) when it was established in 1969.

CAP receives Ibn Khaldun Merit Award from International Islamic University Malaysia

On 10 November 2018, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) was conferred the inaugural Ibn Khaldun Award for Global Social Transformation by the Minister of Education, YAB Dr. Maszlee Malik, who is also the President of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

A Multiversity called CAP

In 1969 the second Malaysian university was established in the north known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. It was later renamed Universiti Sains Malaysia. Under the dynamic inaugural vice-chancellorship of Tan Sri Hamzah Sendut, UPP made its mark worldwide with many firsts to its name. I was privileged to be among its pioneer students.

Speech by S.M. Mohamed Idris, President of the Penang Consumers Association in conjunction with the Award of the Tun Abdul Razak Award by the Tun Abdul Razak Foundation on 22 June 2014, Kuala Lumpur

Assalamualaikum Wr Wb Bismillahi Rahman in Rahim

First of all, I would like to thank Yayasan Tun Razak for giving me the opportunity to express my appreciation and admiration for the contribution made by the late Tun Abdul Razak. He has laid a solid foundation for creating a united and progressive Malaysia rooted in past traditions and history.

Launching of CAP book “Moving Towards Zero Waste: Community Actions in Penang”

Speech by President of Consumers Association of Penang, Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris at launching of CAP book “Moving Towards Zero Waste: Community Actions in Penang”

First of all the Consumers’ Association of Penang would like to thank the President of Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP), Dato’ Sr Haji Rozali bin Haji Mohamud, for the cooperation rendered to jointly launch CAP’s book titled “Moving Towards Zero Waste: Community Actions in Penang”.

CAP Bicycle Campaign 2012

CAP together with the Department of Environment, Penang and the Penang Office of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism is organising the Bicycle Campaign 2012 in conjunction with this year’s World Environment Day on 15 July, 2012 at Kepala Batas, Penang.

Malaysia is getting more urbanised and motorised today. Our towns and cities are now planned with the needs of cars in mind instead of people’s needs — easily half of the space in our cities is now used for cars. This leads to urban sprawl, which causes even more noise and air pollution that lowers our quality of life.