MoH Lets Horse Bolt Before Closing The Gate

 The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked and disappointed that the Malaysian Health Ministry (MoH) allows the sale of heat-not-burn (HNB) tobacco product devices and exempted them from pictorial health warning (PHW). It is puzzling why MoH is confused with the Control of Tobacco Product (our italics) Regulations (CTPR), thinking that it regulates only shredded tobacco …

Review Procedure For Admission Of Under 6 Year Olds To Standard 1

Children must have completed 6 years of age on 1st January of the year they are entering school. However, since 2003 an exception is given to children who are up to two weeks younger (born 2nd to 15 January) if they have reached the “mental and reading age” of 6 year olds. These 2-weeks younger children …

Debunking the ‘Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Product’ Myths

In response to Philip Morris (M) Sdn Bhd (PMM)’s recent media release, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) wishes to rebut the claims. In the opening statement PMM stated that “we would like to stress that our smoke-free products are intended to be better alternatives for adult smokers who can’t or don’t want to quit”. …

Ban Waste Incineration

The Malaysian government must enact a regulation to ban all forms of waste incineration to keep out incinerators, their promoters and peddlers from Malaysia. Instead, we need policies and actions towards Zero Waste and waste reduction programmes. Currently among the most aggressively promoted incinerators are “waste-to-energy” facilities. Last week it was announced that two waste-to-energy …

Spend less on school supplies

An estimated 5 million students (from pre-school to secondary school) are to splurge on new school uniform and other items when school reopens next year, parents could easily spent more than RM2 billion just for this period alone. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges parents not to buy entirely new sets of uniform and …