Consumers Association of Penang

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Chemical-Free Sustainable Farming is the Way Forward

Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President of Consumers’ Association of Penang on 26 May 2016 in Penang.

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ahmad Zakaria bin Mohamad Sidek

Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia

Encik Azahar bin Haji Ibrahim

Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Negeri Pulau Pinang

Saudara-saudari sekalian.

I deeply appreciate everyone present here today for sparing your time to join us in welcoming the Director General of Agriculture’s visit to learn about CAP’s sustainable farming project.

We thank all teachers, students, farmers from Penang, Kedah and Perak who are here today and who have been actively involved in CAP’s sustainable farming projects all these years.  We also have strong support from the public and media who has been highlighting our farming ventures.  Thank you all.

Ban using Wildlife in all Human Related Activities

Sahabat Alam Malaysia  (SAM) is sickened to the core to learn of yet another tragic death of a magnificent animal – the jaguar at the hands of a military.  The needless deaths of the jaguar, gorilla Harambe, alligator killing in Disney resort in Orlando, Florida lions in Chile zoo and countless other exploited wild animals have sparked an international outrage, yet  exploitation of wild animals go on.

SAM condemns the incident following the lethal shooting of a jaguar urging for a ban on the showcasing of semi-domesticated animals whether to glorify the military, the Olympics, use in adverts or any human activity.

What kind of values is the Olympic committee trying to portray.  Is their display of such an elegant and graceful animal a show of power and dominance over a lesser creature?  To drug a beautiful animal, have it on chains and displayed  like  a trophy without any regard of what wild animals may be capable of doing is unthinkable.

FIRE CRACKERS BAN: WHO ELSE BEEN CAUGHT AND CHARGED?

Two men were each fined RM6,000 and have to serve a four-days jail sentence each for illegal possession of fire crackers during a football match at the Penang State Stadium in Batu Kawan on 11 February 2016.

One of the men had 12 firecrackers while the other had four.

Need for transparency over ‘Medical City’ proposal

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is very concerned that more and more public lands are being transferred to private hands without transparency and public knowledge.

In the latest case in Penang, we have come to learn that the State government’s 6.4-acre land owned by Chief Minister Incorporated at Peel Avenue was sold for RM156 million on a 99-year lease for the construction of a RM2billion “medical city” project by a private hospital.

STATE GOVERNMENT MUST MEET RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY NORTH COASTAL PAIRED ROAD PROJECT

The Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA) calls on the Penang State Government to have a dialogue session with all residents along the alignment of the North Coastal Paired Road (NCPR) from Teluk Bahang to Tanjung Bungah, project to explain full details of the road and seek their feedback.

In addition, the State must also explain all the alternatives that have been explored for the road, and the cost-benefit analysis for the NCPR, so that the affected people in the area are fully aware about the State Government’s reasoning for the road project.