Less than four years ago, 60 percent of the RM292 million ringgit Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium’s roof collapsed with damages between RM15 million to RM25 million. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
Now, catastrophe has struck the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium again. This time with five workers injured, two critically. The Consumers' Association of Penang is appalled at the apparent lack of regard for safety by contractor and officials involved.
People who work with asbestos are at serious risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma and fatal respiratory illnesses. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) conservatively estimates that 100,000 workers die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Thousands more perish from environmental exposures.
The Consumers association of Penang (CAP) welcomes and lauds the 2008 decision of the Sungai Petani Sessions Court Judge Puan Azizah Mahamud who awarded 2 families damages amounting to RM36,000 for burial and bereavement costs as well as interests and costs for the drowning of 3 children due to the negligence of independent contractor Abdul Halim Hashim and the Department of Land and Mines, Kedah.
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) refers to the recent report in the press on the confessions of an express bus driver who had been plying the Kuala Lumpur-Terengganu route for 10 years.
Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) views with concern the incident in Shah Alam where 31 students of a school there fell ill and had breathing difficulties – apparently following the release of a toxic chemical known as ethyl mercaptan.