Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

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.

Vaping popular among teenagers, CAP urges Ministry to impose immediate ban

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Ministry of Health to impose immediate ban on e-cigarette. CAP is appalled to find that the use of e-cigarettes is becoming popular among teenagers in Malaysia. It is even more appalling that e-cigarettes are widely used by students.  

Complaints received from parents and teachers from several primary and secondary schools in Penang indicate that the number of student vapers are increasing. Primary school students were not spared either, according to the teachers. These teachers have confiscated the e-cigarette devices from their students.

Download Study on "Lead in new enamel household paints in Malaysia"

This study found that 41% of the enamel paints analysed contained lead concentrations above 600 ppm, the threshold limit for lead in paint adopted by Singapore and Sri Lanka. 

In addition, these paints would not be allowed for sale in most industrialised countries where legal limits are even more restrictive.

Included in the report is background information on:

-- why the use of paints with high lead content is a source of serious concern, especially to children’s health;
-- a review of national policy frameworks that are in place to ban or restrict the manufacture, import, export, distribution, sale and use of leaded household
paints;
-- and recommendations for taking action to protect children and others from lead in paint.

 

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The Need To Conduct More Frequent Clinical Audit And Enforcement Activities In The Private Sector

The recent case involving the death of the son-in-law of the Deputy Prime Minister who had been given anaesthesia by unqualified personnel in a private dental facility raises a big question with regard auditing of private healthcare facilities. This particular case received nation-wide attention because it involved a family member of a VIP. There could easily be many more such unreported cases among the lay public.

CAP: Ban microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to ban microplastics in personal care and cosmetic products in view of the health and environmental hazards associated with these tiny plastic particles.

For the last 50 years, microparticles of plastic, or microplastics, have been used in personal care products and cosmetics, replacing natural options in a large number of cosmetic and personal care formulations.