Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Driven to Their Graves by Roads

Sahabat Alam  Malaysia (SAM) is appalled at the  frequent occurrences of road kills affecting our endangered species. It has been reported  that since 2011 wild animals such as  civets, wild boars, marbled cats, tapirs and others etc  have been killed in road accidents.

Among wildlife,  mammals  make up the highest number of animals killed in these accidents, accounting  for 1,110 deaths.

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.

UNEVEN ROADS, CAP URGES THE PENANG GOVERNMENT TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION

Consumers Association Penang (CAP) urges the state government and city council to investigate and take immediate action to solve road problems such as uneven surface, deformation, cracking and potholes in several areas in Penang.

These conditions not only inconvenience and frustrate road users but also raise concerns as it may affect the safety of the road users if left unresolved.

BOMBA COMPELS USE OF UNREGULATED AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM MONITORING SYSTEM

Mr Idris showing the automatic fire alarm monitoring system.

Section 238 of the Uniform Building By-laws 1984 regulates that Automatic Fire Alarm Systems installed in designated premises (i.e. high occupancy premises like hospitals, hotels, schools, factories, etc) must have a direct telephone connection to the appropriate fire station bypassing the switchboard. The “Red phone” in such premises is the direct connection. This system has the approval of the General Insurance Association of Malaysia or PIAM. In dealing with fire emergencies, efficient monitoring of fire-alarms by trained personnel is critical and time is counted in seconds.

Lately, the Fire Department has been complaining that the Computerised Monitoring System (CMS) in use is sending too many false alarms to the fire stations and this is taking too much of its personnel’s’ time monitoring them.

FROM CRANES TO PILING RIGS

Each time an incident has occurred at a construction site and it resulted in the death of one or more innocent lives, The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) called on the government to conduct a full inquiry into the operations of the Department of Safety and Health’s (DOSH) operations; but unfortunately, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

We are iterating that call on account of the couple who was crushed by a piling rig as they were passing a construction site along Persiaran Astana, Klang, last Friday.