Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Proposed Pharmacy Bill – Unjustified

The Consumers Association of Penang is disappointed at the Ministry of Health’s decision not to separate the roles of dispensing and prescribing.  Cleared the Ministry of Health has bowed down to the pressure of the powerful medical lobby in refusing to create a system of separation of duties in prescription and dispensing. Separation of dispensing and prescribing is the norm in developed countries. It is most ironic that a nation aspiring to attain high-income status by 2020 takes a retrogressive stand in healthcare practices.

CAP: Ban lead in products to combat lead poisoning

CAP President Mr Idris and Research Officer Hatijah Hashim emphasizing toxicity of Lead.

Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems. It is particularly hazardous to young children, pregnant woman and all those that are exposed to it. Effects of exposure include learning disabilities, increased risk of antisocial behaviour, reduced fertility and increased risk of renal and cardiovascular disease later in life.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized October 22-28 2017 as International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and its main concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children.

THREAT OF WEEDY RICE IN MADA AREA

CAP Urges Review of Direct Seeding Method and Use of Modern Technology

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry to conduct a comprehensive study on the occurrence and causes of weedy rice at the Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA) area.

Recently, local media reported that 15,000 hectares of paddy fields in Perlis and Kedah within the MADA rice bowl area of 100, 685 hectares has been affected by the weedy rice problem.

A Clear Mocker Of The Explosives Act

Consumers’ Association of Penang has been reminding various relevant authorities about the violations of the Explosives Act for more than two decades but these calls have fallen on deaf ears. As over the weekend we were a laughing stock when banned firecrackers and fireworks were let off freely without an ounce of fear of breaking the law.

The relevant authorities are pussy footing around the issue without a political will to enforce the Act but having a knee-jerk reaction when an incident occurs. If the authorities are willing to wield the full weight of the law to hammer out this menace then it would not have sustained the business of selling firecrackers/fireworks.

Depression and its many causes

depression-drawing-colourWe all feel “down” or “blue” at times. All of us have days when we feel “depressed”. Usually, these feelings are temporary, and we can have a great day tomorrow. Even when we have a bad day, we can still find enjoyment in things. These occasional bad days are part of life and not depression.

Sometimes though, these feelings may persist for several days or even weeks. This is common following the break-up of a relationship or other unpleasant event.  In many cases, the sadness or depressed mood may accompany problems such as loss of appetite, overeating, sleeplessness, excessive sleeping, lack of energy and drive, loss of interest and joy, etc. This is when depression becomes a medical illness.