Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Turn Little India into a vehicle-free zone

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CAP congratulates the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) for granting permits to the traders to set up canopies and carry out their business freely for Deepavali at Little India, Georgetown, Penang. In fact MPPP should turn Little India into a permanent vehicle-free-zone. This will enable people to walk around freely and safely while shopping. It will be a paradise for tourists and the government encourages that.

Shoddy TM services

Recently Telecom Malaysia discontinued its e-mail services without giving sufficient time for consumers to migrate to other alternative e-mail services. Many subscribers of Streamyx were caught by surprise. Why was there no public announcement on the discontinuation so that more subscribers would have been made aware of?

Malaysia's Bullying Epidemic

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) finds the state of bullying in Malaysian schools to be very disturbing. The bullying phenomenon has reached a point where it can now be considered a social epidemic.

It would seem that if we do not find a way to tackle this problem immediately, our society is going to turn into a violent one.

However, as with all problems, before we can work towards eradicating it we must first determine the causes or the contributing factors of the problem.

PROLIFERATION OF LIQUOR SHOPS IN PENANG’S LITTLE INDIA

The Consumers’ Association of Penang is shocked to find that there is a proliferation of liquor shops in the Little India area here in Penang. We strongly believe that liquor shops should not be allowed to set up in places with homes and offices.

We have received complaints about liquor shops opening up tables along the roadside to seat the people who patronize their shops. The tables that are opened up far exceed the parameters of their shops premises and encroach on the space of their neighbours (other businesses that have closed for the day).

Re-introduce inheritance tax and adjust certain existing taxes to help bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) would like to address concerns aired over a recent rumour on the possible introduction of inheritance tax (NST, 29 Aug 2017: MOF deny rumours of inheritance tax in BUDGET 2018).

Implemented properly, inheritance tax (as well as other relevant forms of taxation like wealth tax, capital gains tax and gift tax) provides important revenue for state coffers from the highly rich, and not from those in lower income brackets.