Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Asbestos: The deadly, silent killer

In recent weeks, concerns over asbestos poisoning have been raised in our local print media. And rightly so! This naturally occurring fibrous mineral, with fire and heat resistant properties, has been recognised as a serious threat to life in the Western countries and where possible, its use is avoided.

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.

Don't mull over tougher measures on fireworks - jail the culprits!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang congratulates the Customs and Excise Department and the Police for the intensive nationwide crackdown on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers.

This clearly shows that if enforcement is beefed up, smuggling of such contraband can be curbed.

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.

Big Traffic Nightmare In Little India

It is most unfortunate that the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) thought that it is alright to rob the rights of road users in the name of celebrating a festival at Little India. MBPP ought to ask itself how necessary and beneficial is this idea of pitching canopies on both sides of the road to the people.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) would reiterate that it sees no purpose of these shops extending out almost to the middle of the narrow roads with their canopies since these very shops displayed the products within their premises. Had the enforcement been even handed in banning the use of canopies then there should be no issue at all.

Sand mining activities cause damage and deaths

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.