Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

STOP EXPORTS TO SUSTAIN THE PRICE OF VEGETABLES AND FISH

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism and Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) to take immediate steps to bring down the prices of vegetables, fruits, and fish that have increased up to 300% in the past one week.

It was reported on 15 November 2017 that the rise in prices and shortages of vegetables and fish was due to the prevailing monsoon season over the last few weeks.

Malaysia should not give in to a new TPP

In the next few days, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Trade and Industry will be making a major decision on behalf of Malaysia on whether to join other countries to revive and sign a new Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) without the United States.

They will be at a meeting in Danang, Vietnam, where the remaining 11 TPP countries (including Malaysia) are meeting to agree to a new text of the TPP, which they hope will be signed in Danang by the political leaders in the next few days.

Doesn’t Malaysia’s Environment Matter? Stop the Export of Sand

River sand mining operation in Pinang Tunggal which had caused impacts to environment and communities.

Sahabat  Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses its shock on the latest news by Free Malaysia Today (FMT) dated 29 of October which reported on the arrival of the first batch of Malaysian sand to Thoothukudi Port in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

The export of sand went ahead despite protest and criticism from various NGOs in Malaysia, when the issue was made public a few months back.

SAM had written to several Ministries to get clarification regarding the export of sand from Malaysia, but have yet to receive a response on this matter.

PRICE TAGGING LAWS MUST BE ENFORCED

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism to enforce the Price Control Act 1946 Amendment 1973, Section 8(1) which requires traders to display price tags on goods meant for sale.

Our repeated survey around Penang Island showed most traders openly violating the Price Control Act. The survey showed as follows:

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.