The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to ban the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides as it found to be hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Glyphosate is the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, from Monsanto. In Malaysia there are about 172 herbicide products which contain glyphosate.
Glyphosate is increasingly associated with health problems such as infertility, birth defects, damage to the nervous system, Parkinson’s disease and several forms of cancer. In addition to health risks for humans, the usage of glyphosate can also lead to loss of biodiversity and difficulties with purifying drinking water.
Global advocates challenge electronics industry to prevent harm from toxic chemicals
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), an industry association representing over 100 electronics companies, met in Brussels on 16 March 2015 to discuss chemical management strategies. At this meeting, a formal Challenge to the electronics industry endorsed by more than 200 civil society groups from electronics production countries and across the globe was delivered, urging the industry to take meaningful actions to prevent harm and to be accountable to workers and nearby communities by improving chemical safety.
Report of Forced Labour in Malaysian Electronics Industry: CAP Urges Government to Investigate and End the Abuse
CAP urges the Ministry of Human Resources and relevant authorities to verify a recent revelation of forced labour in the electronics industry in Malaysia. A study by Verité, a non-profit organization found that nearly one in three workers from seven countries surveyed was working in conditions of forced labour.
The electrical and electronics industry is the leading sector in Malaysia's manufacturing sector, contributing 27.2% employment in 2013. Total employees in the manufacturing sector in 2013 were 2,214,800 or 16.8% of total 13.21million employed persons in Malaysia.
Eighty Organizations Call On Apple’s Lisa Jackson To Stop Off-Shoring Worker Health and Safety Risks
On June 10, 2014, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joined more than 80 environmental and human rights organizations, and occupational health professionals to send a letter to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Apple, calling on the company to remove hazardous chemicals from its supplier factories in an effort to protect workers from grave illnesses.
However, as depicted in The Star (24 May), the state government seems to have sacrificed its basic human values in its endeavour to create a better environment for its citizens.