Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

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.

FISHERS JETTY IN SUNGAI TENGAH, CHANGKAT NEEDS TO BE UPGRADED

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang State Government, Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM) and other relevant agencies to take the initiative to resolve the problem faced by fishermen at the Sungai Tengah jetty, Changkat in Seberang Perai Selatan. The jetty here needs to be upgraded for the sake of the fishers’ well-being and safety.

The inshore fishermen in this area have been lacking basic amenities at this jetty for years, but until now no effective action has been taken by the responsible agencies although the fishermen had brought their problems to the attention of several parties numerous times.

SAM’s recent survey here found that besides lacking basic facilities such as electricity and water supply, the walkway for fishermen to land their catch is in a dilapidated condition and must be upgraded. In addition, the open space in front of the jetty and the entrance to the jetty have to be paved.

Handling toxic chemical need safety controls

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.

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?

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.