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.

How caffeine affects children

caffeineMost of your parents wouldn't dream of giving you a cup of coffee, but they may readily give you soft drinks containing caffeine.  Though soft drinks may be tasty and sweet, it's a good idea to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially if you are young.

Basic occupational health and safety procedures ignored by state government

worker-pranginThe Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang state government for its ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang' initiative. The initiative although long overdue in view of Penang’s deteriorating environment, is a positive step forward to restore Penang’s lost charm.

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.

Gratitude is good for the body, mind and soul

gratitude-drawing-colourGratitude, or thankfulness, seems to be a lost art today.  

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others,” wrote Roman philosopher Cicero. “Nothing is more honourable than a grateful heart,” Roman senator Seneca was quoted as saying.

Most religions encourage gratitude. In Buddhism for example, gratitude is said to be a hallmark of humanity.

Illegal sale of oral contraceptives and the health problems caused by their misuse

altA survey conducted by Consumers Association of Penang on oral contraceptive pills showed that they were easily and freely available at pharmacies. These drugs are controlled by the Poisons Act 1952, which requires the seller to record their sales in a register called Poisons Book kept by the pharmacy. The easy availability of these drugs over the counter without the registration of the buyer's details makes a mockery of the Poisons Act. The law is openly flouted by pharmacies in Penang and a grocery shop in Kulim, Kedah. An earlier survey also found such pills being sold in the Chow Kit area in KL and in grocery shops in other rural areas.