Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Need to review Penang State Enactment on State Park and Botanic Gardens

The Consumers’ Association of Penang, while welcoming the move to create a statutory corporation for managing State Parks, including the Penang Botanical Gardens, is disappointed that there was no public consultation on the provisions contained in the law establishing the Corporation.

The Bill was rushed through and adopted by the State Assembly without sufficient discussion. After the first reading, a special committee should have been created to gather views from the public, and then only, after those views have been taken into consideration, the Bill should have been put to vote. There was no reason for hurrying the process.

MUCH NEEDED PAINFUL CLAMPING AND TOWING

Kudos to the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and the Penang Island Mayor Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif in enforcing the clamping and towing of illegally parked vehicles.

This is in view of the recent case where a lady with her disabled mother’s car was clamped in Jalan Macalister.

CAP SAM Very Distressed By Flood Tragedy

The Consumers’ Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia  are very distressed by the tragedy that has taken place yesterday and early morning today in Penang.

The floods, landslides and the disruption of people's lives are even much worst than what happened on 15th Sept.

Yes - there was non stop rain and very high winds, but the major factor causing this has been the removal of the hill forests, silting of the rivers and overdevelopment in Penang which has replaced the green areas with concrete. This has resulted in the heavy rainfall not being able to be drained because the rivers and drainage system are clogged up by silt that cannot clear the rain water.

TBRA: Halt short-sighted urban planning

Penang: Tanjung Bunga Residents’ Association (TBRA) is once again calling for the State to halt all short-sighted and patchy urban planning that continue to cause more flooded homes, uprooted trees, power cuts, and making travel inconvenient.

TBRA wants the State to relook at all its urban and sub-urban development projects to see how it can improve the State’s ability to resist and absorb floods. Flood resilience should be a matter of intense and consistent focus by the government in light of the worsening flood conditions in Penang.

SAND MINING AND LOGGING IN GUNUNG INAS PERMANENT RESERVED FOREST THREATEN ENVIRONMENTAL EQUILIBRIUM IN ULU MAHANG

Logs from Gunung Inas Forest Reserve.

The Kedah State Government, Kedah Forestry Department, Kulim District and Land Office should pay serious attention to sand mining operations in the Gunung Inas Permanent Reserved Forest located near Kampung Ulu Mahang, Kulim, Kedah.

Although the ongoing sand mining operations has been approved by the State Authority, this has to be reviewed because it involves a permanent reserved forest. Similarly logging activities in the permanent reserved forest is still widespread because this extractive activity has been approved too.