Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Rescue and Capture Techniques for Wildlife Needed

Some weeks ago we learnt  of a tragic death of a 6m crocodile after being rescued from a dam in Klang.   To be able to leave up to that size is no mean feat having escaped from its predator  – man -  all this while in a country that has traditionally had a great mistrust of them.

While it was the good intention of the Fire and Rescue Department officers to free  the reptile from its fate, its death brings to mind a very important unanswered question.

Stop Live Transport : International Awareness Day

Transporting of livestock.

Most people interested in animal welfare would agree that transporting livestock destined for slaughter across a country, an ocean or a continent is a practice that should be discontinued.

Though the status of  animal transport in each region presents a somewhat different context, the basic  problems of overcrowding, rough handling and ill effects from long rides without rest are essentially the same in all parts of the world. Long distance livestock transport in itself is economically inefficient, but persists largely because of inefficient investment in developing the alternatives.

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.

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.

LUXURIOUS PROJECTS FREEZE: CAP SAID IT 29 YEARS AGO

The Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani had announced that the government is finally freezing luxury property developments from 1 November 2017 because of a glut in this sector.

The freeze will affect high-rise condominiums, shopping malls, commercial units, including those that are worth more than RM1 million.