Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Eliminate Pests Using Biological Control Methods

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) recommends that the Agriculture Department and related agencies to intensify the use of biological methods for farmers to control the threat of pests in paddy cultivation.

 

Biological control is beneficial in the long run. In addition, farmers do not have to spend money to purchase pesticides and prevent exposure to health problems associated with pesticide use.

Elephants are no match for poachers

Elephants are no match for poachers. The macabre butchering of two Borneo pygmy elephants shows that poachers abound in almost every corner of the country or state waiting to strike when least expected.

In the past, pygmy elephants have become the victims of poisoning reportedly by oil palm plantation workers to deter elephants from eating the fruit of the palm trees.  Last September a group of elephants were stuck in a mud pool in Rinukut for a week leaving seven  dead.

Advice on Observing Ramadhan

by CAP President Haji S.M.Mohamed Idris

Ramadhan is the most sacred month in the Muslim calendar when the noble Qur’an was revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. as a guidance to mankind.  It prescribes fasting as a way to attain Taqwa (God-consciousness) and the Prophet is reported to have narrated:  “Allah said, every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me, I give reward for it.  The fast is a shield”. It is a shield against sin and excessive love of this world.

Ramadhan is supposed to be a month of intense devotion for Muslims but for many it has become a month of feasting and wasteful spending. Islam enjoins its followers to avoid gluttony, waste and extravagance. The Prophet s.a.w. said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it then one-third for food, one- third for drink and one-third for air.”

US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Irresponsible and Unethical

The announcement by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is both irresponsible and unethical.

The US is the world’s largest historical emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and to walk away from the Paris Agreement is an abdication of its responsibility which condemns both present and future generations as well as the planet to grave peril and danger.

RESOLVE DRAINAGE PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY

Cause of Water Overflow in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan and Relau, Kedah

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urged the relevant authorities to investigate the  root cause of overflow of river water after a heavy downpour in several areas around Seberang Perai Selatan on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Appropriate measures including upgrading drainage systems should be taken to address the problem of overflowing water from entering residential areas, villages, business premises and other areas.

Detailed studies have to be conducted by the authorities because the drainage problem has caused water overflow and caused damage to property, plants, livestock and pets.