Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Malaysian nuclear programme lacks genuine public consultation

altThe Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is very disturbed to read that the government has already decided on the proposed nuclear energy programme as it is included as one of the 131 entry-point projects (ETP) of the Economic Transformation Programme unveiled to the public on Tuesday at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

We recall that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak has indicated in his 1Malaysia blog following public outcry against adopting nuclear power plant that he would like to obtain public opinion on the matter.

Norwegian Pension Fund's divestment of Samling Global Limited an embarrassment

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the announcement last month by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance to exclude Malaysian-based Samling Global Limited from its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) investment portfolio.

The pension fund is described as Europe's largest institutional investor that held 2,792 billion kronor (approximately RM1.5 trillion) in international stocks and bonds as of end of June.

While it is a national embarrassment, the decision based on recommendation from the GPFG's Council on Ethics should serve as a wake-up call to many quarters in Malaysia.

Don’t approve field release of genetically engineered Aedes mosquitoes

altThe Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) call upon the Director General of Biosafety to reject the application for the field release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes and all related experiments. We in Malaysia are being subjected to an experiment which could bring adverse effects to public health and the environment.

Water conservation initiative in Penang

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd’s (PBAPP) Aquasave programme to promote water conservation in the state. This water conservation effort has been long due.

PBAPP has stated that Penangites are high water users, consuming 286 litres of water per person daily, compared with the national recommendation of 220 litres and United Nations’ recommendation of 165 litres.  This is very high indeed.

BP's trail of destruction

bp-logoThe oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is yet another of a series of spills involving the giant oil company.

By Ash Pemberton

The ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has exposed the obscene behaviour of the world’s fourth-largest corporation, British Petroleum (BP).