CAP President S M Mohamed Idris commenting on Dangers of Smoking.
Since Malaysia implemented pictorial health warning (PHW) on cigarette packs since June 2009, the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), Malaysia, reported that 92.8 per cent of current smokers (93.2 per cent of men and 74.7 per cent of women) had noticed the health warnings on the packs. It shows that PHW is effective as also found in other countries that implemented it.
The PHW was implemented in line with Article 11 of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Malaysia is a party to the FCTC after it signed the treaty on 23 September 2003 and ratifying it on 16 September 2005. The FCTC serves as a guideline and catalyst for Malaysia to implement tobacco control measures.
Oil patches scattered seen in the Penang waters - Pix by Sayuti Zainudin Malaymail
The recent major oil spill in Penang reported to have polluted a 5km coastline on the island stretching from Swettenham Pier to Gurney Drive is a major concern.In addition to this oil spill disaster, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the authorities to also investigate and take action on the oil spills that has been occurring in Penang waters in the recent months.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Forestry Department of Kedah and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) to pay serious attention and take immediate steps to protect and save the mangrove forest in the Kilim Geo Park in Langkawi Island from devastation.
The Kilim Geo Park covering an area of 100 square kilometres is a nature reserve with amazing flora and fauna including limestone, fossils, caves, lagoons, beaches and panoramic sea views.
However, a survey conducted by SAM found that the natural environment in this area, for example the mangroves, is being threatened by tourist boat activities and pollution problem due to littering.
We refer to the statement by Datuk Dr. Kamarudin Md. Isa, Director-General of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), which appeared in the dailies on May 16th 2016. Dr Kamarudin had said that ‘there are no plans to ban the use of antibiotics in the poultry industry’ as ‘no scientific research has proved that humans can suffer negative effects of antibiotics from eating meat’.
Since the United Kingdom’s 1969 Swann Report, hundreds of studies over the last few decades have shown links between the use of antibiotics in animal food production, the development and spread of antibiotic resistance and resulting human infections and even deaths.
Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President of Consumers’ Association of Penang on 26 May 2016 in Penang.
Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ahmad Zakaria bin Mohamad Sidek
Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia
Encik Azahar bin Haji Ibrahim
Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Negeri Pulau Pinang
I deeply appreciate everyone present here today for sparing your time to join us in welcoming the Director General of Agriculture’s visit to learn about CAP’s sustainable farming project.
We thank all teachers, students, farmers from Penang, Kedah and Perak who are here today and who have been actively involved in CAP’s sustainable farming projects all these years. We also have strong support from the public and media who has been highlighting our farming ventures. Thank you all.