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.

Objection of Clearcut Logging Bukit Enggang Forest Reserve

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) objects to clear cut logging of trees covering 500 hectares in parts of Bukit Enggang Forest Reserve (Compartments 12, 13, 14 & 15 of HS Bukit Enggang) for the purpose of establishing a forest plantation (monoculture cultivation in a Permanent Reserved Forest).

The extractive activity (logging) by uncontrolled clear cutting of original forest trees had caused erosion of many watercourses and tributaries in the licensed area and also resulted in sediment deposition.

The impact of the destruction of watercourses and tributaries has affected the ecosystem and the community's water resources, particularly in the nearby settlements.

 

Make Public State Action Plan on Paired Road Projects

The Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA) deeply regrets the approval by the Department of Environment (DOE) of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the three paired road projects on 10 November this year.

TBRA has learnt about this from the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) who were informed about the EIA approval by the DOE.We also have learnt that the Penang State Government was required by the DOE to submit an ‘Action Plan’ based on all the issues raised by the public, prior to the EIA approval and this was complied with by the State.