Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

GM Mosquitoes: Government is Liable

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very disturbed and disappointed with the Malaysian government for approving the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes for field testing.  The government must be accountable and held liable if anything untoward happens if they proceed with this trial release.

Healthy growth of renewable energy

By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director, Institute of Science in Society

renewable-energyDespite the severe downturn of the global economy in 2009, renewable energy continued its meteoric rise. At the end of 2009, fully one quarter of global power capacity (1230 GW) is renewable, delivering 18% of global electricity supply, according to the report issued by the Renewable Energy Network for the 21 Century (REN21). This is more than three times the global nuclear generating capacity and about 38% the capacity of fossil fuel-burning power plants worldwide. Renewable energy is “hitting a tipping point”, said Christopher Flavin of Worldwatch Institute, one of the seven authors of the report, “There is now good reason to be optimistic.”

Rethink plan to release GM mosquitoes

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked to note the statement by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, as reported by the media yesterday, that field testing for genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes has been approved by the National Biosafety Board.

This, despite the globally acknowledged fact that anything that is genetically modified, plant or animal, is not stable.

Abolish subsidies for sustainable water supply and water wastage reduction

water-wastageCAP is against any water supply subsidies that are being given to consumers in Penang and Malaysia if we are to become a water-efficient nation.  We are appalled to learn that the domestic water subsidy in Penang had reached the level of RM41 million last year.

Without appreciating the true value of water, consumers will not use water wisely. Cheap water is not the solution.  If water is too cheap, people will continue to wash their cars everyday, leave the tap running and water their gardens unnecessarily.  This has been proven in Penang.

Leaving oil in the ground to fight climate change

An innovative new initiative to tackle climate change and conserve forests has taken off in Ecuador. The Yasuni initiative has received support from many famous individuals, international organisations and NGOs.