The problem of unhealthy food being sold in school canteens is not new. For some years now this problem has been brought to the attention of the relevant authorities, but CAP's efforts in calling for a healthier young generation has fallen on deaf ears. The Guidelines states that food containing excess sugar, salt and fats, instant noodles, ice confectionaries, artificially-coloured drinks, flavoured drinks, tea and coffee, and fizzy drinks are not encouraged.
CAP views with apprehension the Ministry’s strategy to tackle the fallout created by over-prescription, rather than the underlying cause, by calling on the public to return unused or expired medications at selected government medical centres and hospitals. The rationale for the move initiated last year is to protect the environment against indiscriminate disposal of expired medications, and save government cost from the reuse of unopened, good condition medications.
The yearly examination results announcement season is here again and as usual the nation celebrates the achievements of top scorers not realizing that Malaysians' preoccupation with "scoring" in school examinations does no one any favours.
For the high-achieving students themselves, it instills the perception that straight A’s are the be-all and end-all of school life. Co-curricular activities and simply socialising with friends -- so important in developing a child's social skills -- may thereby be neglected. Moreover, the pressure to keep on getting top marks could prove overbearing, and if the student should fare less well in a subsequent exam, there might be adverse effects on his or her emotional health sometimes resulting in depression or even suicides.
CAP together with the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, the Department of Environment, the Education Department and the Bicycle Club of Bukit Mertajam is organising its 16th Cycling Campaign in Bukit Mertajam on 22nd September. The CAP Cycling Campaign started in 2006 and the interest in cycling had grown tremendously since then.
For those interested in joining the campaign, please get the entry forms from the following contacts:
JAS Pulau Pinang (Suffian: 04-5751911)
JPN (Azizan: 019-4584410)
CAP (Ooi Kim Aun: 04-8299511/012-5549651)
KBBM (Fong Choo: 012-4005987)
Hassan : 017-4758862
and bicycle shops
The closing date for entry is 10th September.
CAP calls on the Ministry of Health to strictly regulate cosmetic surgery, as there are no direct laws to prevent an unqualified person to perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical procedures or to make them face criminal charges even if the patient dies or is disfigured as a result of a botched job.
Presently the Health Ministry has powers only to act under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act (PHFSA) 1998 and also the Medical Act 1971 if doctors untrained in cosmetic surgery are found to be involved. These antiquated laws are deemed to be insufficient to protect consumers from being duped by these unqualified so-called “cosmetic surgeons”.