World Environment Day 2020: Need for urgent attention on forest conversions and flooding incidence in Sarawak

In conjunction with the World Environment Day 2020 with its theme ‘Biodiversity’, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to draw urgent attention to the serious consequences of the destruction of forests and rivers in Sarawak on human health and well-being. This is all the more critical when the impacts of climate change are upon us. SAM …

Sugar vs Drug: Both are Poisons

POISON is understood as “any substance applied to the body, ingested, or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease” (1957 medical research definition used in the works of Dr William Coda Martin — now a geriatrician, associated with Coler Memorial Hospital in New York). The dictionary definition of poison is “to exert …

WHY IS JELLY CANDY STILL BEING SOLD?

CAP is concerned about the four-year-old boy who died after choking on a piece of jelly candy in his house in Kampung Batu Manikar, Labuan, on 20 May. In 2004, we had called for an immediate ban on this type of sweet from the market as it posed as a choking hazard. This boy could have been alive today if immediate action to permanently …

Towards mercury-free dentistry in Malaysia

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the federal government to expedite legislation to eliminate the use of dental amalgam. Due to growing concern regarding impacts of mercury, governments had negotiated a legally binding instrument on mercury, and the text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury was completed and adopted in 2013. Malaysia is a signatory to the Convention. Dental amalgam …

STOP UNETHICAL PRACTICES BY PRIVATE HOSPITALS

Do private hospitals not have any corporate social responsibility towards their patients and the public, especially during times of emergency, or are such periods/ occasions just another business opportunities to make more money? A private hospital in KL was recently fined RM200,000.00 by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs for charging RM11.20  for face masks that are …