Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Sugar and obesity

sugar-and-obesityFor years, dietary experts blamed fat as the root of obesity.  Millions of people diligently reduced their fat intake, but they were still fat.  Researchers then began to realise that many people who were taking fat out of their diets were replacing it with sugar — for example, cookies that were free of fats but loaded in sugar and calories.


Do consumers have to pay more for their motor insurance than what they are paying now when detariffication of motor insurance starts on 1 July?  At least this is what the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) understands because the General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM)’s reply to its FAQ question “What % increase can I expect (CAP’s emphasis) on my motor premium” is:

“It will differ from insurer to insurer. Consumers should shop around for the motor insurance that meets their needs.”

A report quoting the Actuarial Society of Malaysia also concurred that “upon de-tariffing of the tariff and Motor businesses, the premium rates are expected to go up for Motor businesses which would result in an improvement of the motor loss ratio from the current loss making or breakeven position.”

History of cooperative scandals

1) ANGKASA: Alleged Fraud at Umbrella Co-op

Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia (ANGKASA) commenced in 1977 as the umbrella cooperative of the country.

However it has become obvious that all is not well in ANGKASA. Its former President Royal Professor Ungku Aziz voiced his disappointment that SKM’s investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds was still not completed in January 2009.

Obtain prior Informed consent from inhabitants in GM mosquito release sites

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very anxious of the eventual release of the GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka despite objections and concerns raised by NGOs, public and scientists.