Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Cooking gas cylinder safety should be taken seriously

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Like electricity, cooking gas or Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) should be considered a dangerous utility that needs to be treated with maximum caution. The government should treat this matter with utmost urgency and ensure that all gas cylinders and accessories sold are certified safe and consumers are provided safety education which is currently absent.

Breach of safety SOP at MRT project site causing fatal accident of 3 workers

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is saddened by the fatal worksite accident that killed 3 Bangladeshi workers at the project site of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) as a result of a breach of safe work procedure as reported in the Star dated 20th August 2014 “Breach in work procedures”.

 CAP has time and again called for an immediate intervention by the Department of Safety and Health (DOSH) to prosecute the employers who neglect their statutory duty to ensure the safety of their employees.

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.

Farm Animals Need Protection from Fire

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is highly disturbed to learn of a recent fire in Yong Peng, near Batu Pahat, Johor where a chicken coop was razed to the ground along with the  74 000 chicks.  Although such incidents of fire killing thousands of chicks are sporadic, barn fires capture less public attention than they deserve because they happen in rural areas, often far from major populated centres. However this  should not be taken as a trivial matter but viewed with serious concern by the agriculture authorities.

Being burned alive is said to be the most painful way to die. When the temperatures started rising due to the fire, it basically created a wildfire like effect that just raced through the chicken house.  Often, there are too few workers on hand to do anything to help the animals. By the time firefighters arrive it is often too late.  These hens will continue to choke and burn to death, while firefighters go on putting their lives at risk to battle flames that are deadly.  In addition, farm workers and first responders are put at terrible risk every time one of these fires breaks out.

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.