The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to ban the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides as it found to be hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Glyphosate is the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, from Monsanto. In Malaysia there are about 172 herbicide products which contain glyphosate.
Glyphosate is increasingly associated with health problems such as infertility, birth defects, damage to the nervous system, Parkinson’s disease and several forms of cancer. In addition to health risks for humans, the usage of glyphosate can also lead to loss of biodiversity and difficulties with purifying drinking water.
The Consumers Association of Penang is surprised not only by the fact that our government has given in to pressure so easily and allowed the service charge to remain, but also at the reason given as to why the charge is necessary. The statement made by the secretary-general of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad, is that “the basic wages in some hotels is RM350.00” and that “potential employees will shy away from working in the industry if the take home pay is too low”.
Banks should be stopped from taking unfair advantage of borrowers with personal loans or fixed rate hire-purchase loans (of either the conventional or Islamic financing variety. )
These borrowers lose twice over because interest on the loans are calculated on a flat rate basis and rebates are calculated based on the Rule of 78.
The flat rate method charges interest on money which has already been repaid whilst the Rule of 78 penalizes those who repay early.
The Associations of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) has endeavoured to address the Consumers Association of Penang’s (CAP) concerns regarding Malaysia’s cyber security but unfortunately have left many queries unanswered. CAP believes it is necessary that we spell out our concerns clearly and in detail once more, so that they may be addressed appropriately; and we hope that relevant parties are able to explain things in a plain manner.
We would much appreciate it if those in charge could explain to us very specifically, what new measures will banks take to ensure our cyber security is iron clad. After all, vague explanations accompanied by declarations of repeating the same old security measures to combat new threats do not exactly incite consumer confidence.
Speech by S. M. Mohamed Idris, President of Consumers’ Association of Penang on being conferred the Tun Abdul Razak Award 2014 by the Tun Razak Foundation on 22 June 2014, Kuala Lumpur.
Assalamualaikum Wr Wb
Bismillahi Rahman in Rahim
I wish to thank Tun Razak Foundation for giving me this opportunity to register my deep appreciation and admiration for the unique contributions made by Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak. He laid the foundations for the emergence of a united and progressive Malaysia rooted in its past history and traditions.
I am now eighty seven years old, having lived through the British colonial period in India and Malaya (now Malaysia), suffering the humiliations and indignities of the colonised, and fighting for freedom, dignity and independence. Throughout this period, in whatever I did, I have been guided by the Qur’anic teaching: Qul innasalati wanusuki wamahyaya wamamati iillahi rabbil aalamin [6:162] (Say: Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds). The small contribution that I may have made to society is to please Allah and not in search of recognition, titles, honours and rewards.
Therefore, when I received the offer of the Tun Abdul Razak Award 2014, my instinctive response was to decline it as I had done previously to similar offers. My response was not out of arrogance or disrespect to the Foundation but submitting to a deeply held principle of not linking my service with honours, titles or rewards. My family and close friends persuaded me to give thought to the offer since I have been a great admirer of Tun Razak’s political acumen and leadership. After thinking about it for a month, I finally decided to accept it, not as a reward for my services to the community, but in honour of his qualities of leadership which we all should seek to emulate.