Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

NO REVERSAL TO “KIDDIE” PACKS

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) wants the government to ensure that the ban of “kiddie” cigarette packs remain because the primary objective of “kiddie” packs is to entice the youth, potential smokers, and women.

“Kiddie” packs comprising less than 20 sticks are more affordable to these segments of the population. This will not deter regular smokers from paying more for a pack because they are already addicted to nicotine found in cigarettes.

CAP Applauds Government Decision to Issue Government Use License for Hepatitis C Drug, which can save hundreds of thousands of lives

The Consumers Association of Penang welcomes and applauds the Malaysian government’s decision to issue a government use license that will enable the government to import medicines for Hepatitis C treatment at the lowest possible prices and cure the hundredsof thousands of Malaysians infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

According to various reports and reliable sources, this decision was taken by the Cabinet on 4 August 2017.

Act now to protect the health of our school kids

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is simply perturbed to read the report that the "Guidelines on Management of School Canteens" (Panduan Pengurusan Kantin Sekolah) is being violated and that unhealthy food such as sweets, pickled food (jeruk), snacks containing artificial flavouring and artificial colouring are still being sold inspite of it clearly being not permitted.

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.
 

Some self-help tips to fight depression

If you suffer from long-term or severe depression, with constant thoughts of death or dying, including ideas about suicide, seek professional help immediately. For occasional sadness and depression, here are some ways to lift the fog:

Call on government to address over-prescribing at source – and not just the fallout

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.