Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Why sugar subsidy should be withdrawn immediately

sugar-priceThe Government should stop subsidising the price of sugar since sugar is nothing less than a toxic substance.

The recent 20 sen increase in each kilo of sugar means that the government will still end up subsidising a sinful sum of RM1 billion in 2010, based on a subsidy of 80 sen per kilogram. Malaysians consume an average of 26 teaspoons of sugar per day. This sweet indulgence has resulted in nearly 1.2 million Malaysians with diabetes, more than 98% with Type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to high sugar consumption.

Bank Negara's basic motor cover framework: What's wrong and what's the alternative

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) invited public comments on its proposed Third Party Bodily Injury and Death Benefits (TPBID) which is going to replace the third-party motor insurance. Below we reproduce the comments submitted to BNM by the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).

Many complaints against many co-ops

1) Koperasi Wawasan Pekerja-Pekerja Malaysia Berhad (KOWAJA)

RM7,980 Deducted from Loan

A member applied for a RM80,000 loan in January 2009  but only RM33,995 was deposited into his account. He was never given a copy of the loan agreement.

When he said he wanted to return the  RM33,995 as it was not what he applied for, he was told that he would have to pay a fee of  RM2,000.  His   February 2009 salary slip revealed that RM897 had been deducted to pay for the loan.

An Open Letter to the Government from Malaysian NGOs on genetically engineered Aedes aegypti 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.

S M Mohamed Idris
Consumers Association of Penang

Sugar and cancer

sugar-and-cancerSugar feeds cancer.  The affinity of cancerous tissue for sugar (glucose) is well known. 
A study that monitored the diets of 80,000 healthy women and men from 1997 to 2005, found that the risk of developing pancreatic cancer is related to the amount of sugar in the diet. 131 people in the study eventually developed cancer of the pancreas.  Most at risk were those who drank high quantities of fizzy or syrup-based (squash) drinks.