The government recently announced the intention to ban smoking in hotels by end of 2016 and subsequently extend it to other public places. Hoteliers from the Malaysian Association of Hotels, however, wondered if the Tobacco Control and Smoking Bill will provide designated smoking zones. Until the implementation of the ban, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) stands firm that the government must not accede to any appeals to designate smoking areas such as cigar bars.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to eliminate lead in paints. In our latest test on paints we found more than 60% of the samples tested contained exceedingly high lead levels.
In a test conducted by CAP and IPEN (International POPS Elimination Network), 39 cans of solvent-based enamel decorative paint were purchased from various stores in several towns in the states of Kedah and Penang. The paints represented 18 different brands produced by 17 manufacturers. Samples from these paints were analysed by an accredited laboratory in the USA for total lead content.
On the occasion of World Consumers Rights Day the Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to ban the use of antibiotics in animal feed.
We also call on the fast food chains to stop feeding Malaysians with meats sourced from antibiotic-fed farm animals.
Provide Permanent Houses for Residents of Kampung Permatang Tok Subuh
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has urged a developer to not evict the residents of Kampung Permatang Tok Subuh, Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) from their homes before all the demands made by the residents are fulfilled.
CAP is dismayed over the problem faced by the residents here and disappointed that the government has not given due attention to the plight of the villagers even though the issue has been long-standing.
On 22 February 2016, CAP received a very unique and special guest who translated and republished CAP's booklet How Sugar Destroys Your Health, in English and Sinhala and distributed 50,000 copies of the book free of charge to Sri Lankan consumers. Mr Channa De Silva, is the former Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and graduated from Melbourne University and Harvard. His father-in-law is Dr A. T. Ariyaratne, the founder of Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka, a social movement based on Buddhist and Gandhian teachings and works in over 10 thousand villages in Sri Lanka.