Elephants are no match for poachers. The macabre butchering of two Borneo pygmy elephants shows that poachers abound in almost every corner of the country or state waiting to strike when least expected.
In the past, pygmy elephants have become the victims of poisoning reportedly by oil palm plantation workers to deter elephants from eating the fruit of the palm trees. Last September a group of elephants were stuck in a mud pool in Rinukut for a week leaving seven dead.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) strongly calls on the Malaysian Government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991).
CAP has learnt that the Malaysian government has been under increasing pressure to agree to such a move, and we are most worried and fear that the government will give way and join UPOV, which will be against the interests of our small farmers, local researchers and the protection of our biodiversity.
Two men were each fined RM6,000 and have to serve a four-days jail sentence each for illegal possession of fire crackers during a football match at the Penang State Stadium in Batu Kawan on 11 February 2016.
One of the men had 12 firecrackers while the other had four.
CAP President is surprised how unregulated electrical products can continue to be available
in the market.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is surprised at how unregulated electrical products can continue to be available in the market. This problem has been highlighted by CAP umpteen times over the years.
There are an alarming number of electronic/electrical products without the Energy Commission-SIRIM label that are being blatantly sold in the market.
More shockingly, the Energy Commission (EC) List of Regulated Electrical Equipment did not include many other products that are commonly used.
The CAP book published in 2006 highlighted the problem of use pig's hair in bristle brushes.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) had warned consumers as early as 1980s – three decades ago – and went on to publish a book titled Halal Haram on the subject of halal products in 2006 but the warning has fallen on deaf ears.
One of the products that CAP deliberated were paint brushes which has been lately reported in a Bahasa Malaysia daily. CAP would like to congratulate the Ministry of Domestic Trade Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) for following up on the discovery of the 90 paint brushes.We hope that harsh action will be taken against the perpetrators.