Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

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.

Have DOSH’s Past Safety Checks Been A Sham?

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is perplexed by the fact that DOSH has reported that they have sealed tower cranes for breaking various safety and maintenance measures and they have found crane workers using fake competency licences, even though they claim that they are carrying out safety checks at construction sites every 15 months.

After the tragic death of Joice Chin Khoon Sing, who was killed when a tower crane hook fell on her car as she was driving, DOSH announced that they would be cracking down on construction sites in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor , Johor and Penang to check whether or not the tower cranes were fit and the tower crane workers were legal.

A Year Since DOSH Reported That 92.5% Of Construction Sites Flout Safety Specifcations But Nothing Has Changed

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked and saddened by the news that a motorist was crushed to death when a crane hook fell and hit her car as she was driving by a construction site along Jalan Raja Chulan last Thursday.

Since the death of Chin Khoon Sing, all the relevant parties - contractor, developer and DOSH - have expressed their determination to get to the bottom of the incident.  DOSH has said that they will be investigating the contractor company.  The contractor company on the other hand claims they are cooperating with the police to find the Indonesian worker who was operating the crane and had fled after the incident had taken place.  Clearly blame shifting is happening here, but who should actually be held responsible for the life of the young woman that was needlessly lost?