Consumers Association of Penang

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Memorandum on Malaysia’s GM Aedes mosquito planned release

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are deeply concerned of the impending field release of Genetically Modified (GM) mosquitoes after the National Biosafety Board approved an application from the Institute of Medical Research to release GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. 


Following this, we are submitting a memorandum to the Malaysian Government raising our concerns on serious ethical, legal, public health and human rights issues which need to be addressed.

Agricultural, home and health solutions at CAP Fair

altCAP organised a Go Natural Fair on 18-19 December at the Botanical Gardens in Penang.

CAP had been frequently accused of being negative and not providing solutions. The Fair is a humble attempt to show that a lot can be done if the public take the initiative into their own hands.

10 things you should know about GM mosquitoes

 
mosquitoesThe National Biosafety Board (NBB) has recently approved an application from the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) to release genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. IMR wants to conduct field experiments in Bentong and Alor Gajah to see how far the males fly and how long they live for.

The aim of this GM technology is for the GM male mosquitoes to mate with wild female mosquitoes. They are genetically modified so that most of their offspring die before becoming adults. The hope is that this will reduce the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the dengue virus, and hence reduce incidences of dengue fever.
 

An open letter from Malaysian NGOs on GM mosquitoes

This is an open letter from organisations in Malaysia concerned by the recent Government approval to release GM mosquitoes for the purpose of a field experiment.

Kindly support our cause by highlighting the issue for the welfare of the public  and the conservation of our environment by copying and personally sending this letter to its intended recipients.

Sincerely,
S M Mohamed Idris
President
Consumers Association of Penang

Obtain Prior Informed Consent for GM mosquito release

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very anxious of the eventual release of the GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka despite objections and concerns raised by NGOs, public and scientists.