Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Construction industry shut down

Just last week there was the news that the mezzanine floor of a hypermarket in Alor Gajah collapsed, resulting in deaths and injuries.  Now, we have been presented with further shocking news that 92.5% of construction sites in the country do not meet specifications set by the Department of Safety and Health.

Tesco: Why the Double Standard?

Mr S M Mohamed Idris demontrating the safety cap on other brand toilet cleaner.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with Tesco’s practice of double standard in packaging some of their products. Our market survey found that the safety aspect of Tesco merchandise sold in Malaysia is not of equivalent standard to the one sold in the United Kingdom (UK).

Fire Crackers And Fireworks: Just Enforce The Law!

Instead of ushering a festival in a celebrative environment, it is a yearly event for people to end up in hospital. They suffer severe injuries if they are lucky, otherwise they ended up dead. It is needless but apparently the relevant authorities are not keen in arresting this perennial problem.

This year is a mere repetition of previous years. There were already reported casualties and news of fire crackers and fireworks being blatantly sold at prices ranging from RM2 to RM65 per box at Pasar Ramadhan nationwide.

MALAYSIA’S TOWERING INFERNOS?

The Consumers’ Association of Penang is horrified by the news of the Grenfell Tower “Inferno” disaster. With the number of high rise buildings littering our country, it is not hard to imagine such an incident happening in Malaysia. More frightening is the current development trend of building high density skyscrapers – with this we have effectively increased the number of people residing in these death traps.

Based on the complaints CAP has received from residents of flats and other high rise buildings, we are faced with the unnerving fact that many of the factors that were prerequisite to the disaster on 14 June in North Kensington, London’s public housing flats are also issues that are faced by the residents of high-rise buildings in our country.

BAN The Killer game: CAP

Mr Idris at Press conference on Blue Whale.

The Blue Whale sounds like an ecological project but on the contrary is a deadly game that we have to vigilant of. The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned about the measures that the government has taken to keep the Blue Whale from Malaysia. What is the game about and how are we to keep our children safe?

VeronikaVolkova, 16, and YuliaKonstantinova, 15, from Russia jumped off the roof of an apartment together in February 2017. J. Vignesh, 19, from India hanged himself in September 2017. Earlier, a 14-year old boy from Mumbai jumped off the fifth floor, and Manoj C Manu 16 from Kerala, hanged himself in July the same year. These victims and 150 other suicides across Russia, the US, the UK, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and India is said to have connection with an online challenge called Blue Whale.