Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Let Sanity Prevail In Pokécraze

Pokémon Go, a location-based augmented reality game, does not need much introduction as the game has been downloaded more than 130 million times worldwide since its initial launch on 6 July 2016.

However, Ars Technica reported that the game which had almost 45 million daily users in July, declined to just over 30 million since the start of August. The technical on-line magazine said that the latest tracking data seem “to suggest the game is simply a fad”.

The game was described as a “dumb video game accomplishing the unthinkable” in Everyday Money article 10 Unimaginable Things Happening Because of ‘Pokémon Go’.

Face Harsh Realities Than Be Seduced By Violent Fiction

There are more than ample studies on the effects of media violence on children. Kabali reflects the harsh realities that plagued the Indian community and the movie can influence children ingraining in them that violence is part and parcel of life.

It was reported in August 2013 that 40,313 members belonging to 49 illegal organisations had been arrested for involvement in armed robbery, theft, vehicle theft, extortion, illegal activities, narcotics and secret society dealings.

Kabali Glorifying Blood And Gore

Malaysia seems to be out of step in allowing the Tamil movie Kabali to be filmed and shown here as well, albeit well received by Ranjinikanth fans. The movie glorified violence and the life of gangsterism surrounding the movie’s main character, don Kabaleeswaran alias Kabali, throughout the show.

Ironically, while Malaysia is trying so hard to clamp down on gangsterism and violence, the government had allowed the movie to be shot here in late October 2015 and it had its premiere on 21 July this year.

CELEBRATING EID-al-FITR, AVOID EXTRAVAGANCE

We are in the last few days of Ramadhan when Muslims are required to spend more time in prayer, introspection and giving charity.  Regrettably, they are bombarded with advertisements to buy and consume more. “Hari Raya Sales”, “Raya Ni Mesti Cun, Jualan Hebat up to 50%” are some of the advertisements to tempt consumers.

Advertising sales without misleading consumers and violating regulations may be acceptable.  What is objectionable is linking sales promotion to Eid-al-Fitr celebtation. It desacralises a highly spiritual event.  What are the authorities and the Ulama doing? They need to take firm action to stop this desacralisation of Islam.