Consumers Association of Penang

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Police must investigate incident at the Orang Asli blockade site in Gua Musang

SAM is extremely concerned over media reports which related the manner in which the Orang Asli community in the Gua Musang district in Kelantan had been treated after setting up their blockade against logging operations on September 27.

According to Mustafa Along, secretary of the Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK), around 2 pm on September 28, representatives from the logging company arrived at the blockade site with a group of men in several private vehicles. The people however believed that the police and representatives from the Kelantan State Forestry Department and two media outlets were also amongst the group.

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.

Implement All 51 Accident Prevention Recommendations

Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with what happened near the ‘Menora Tunnel accident’ on 10 July 2016 because needless lives could have been lost when an express bus rammed into 10 cars. Conversely it could have been prevented with proactive participation by all parties. However, this did not seem to be case.

We have never been short of road accident prevention measure proposals over the years. In fact, after the Genting Highlands bus crash on 21 August 2013, an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Transport was established. The crash was described as “the worst in the country’s fatal crash” that involved 37 fatalities including the driver. The panel subsequently submitted its report complete with 51 recommendations to the Minister in January 2014. How many of the recommendations have been implemented so far?

Why The Secrecy In Car Recalls In Malaysia

It has come to our attention that a model of the Ford Focus has a serious driveshaft problem which can cause it to fracture “under certain driving conditions”.

In one recent case in Johore, the driveshaft wall gave way causing one end of the driveshaft to break loose and dangle causing a long scratch on the road surface. Fortunately no one was injured.

Right To Confidentiality Of Personal Health Data Violated

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is distressed by the recent news that a group of hackers have hacked into the systems of both government and private hospitals and stolen the personal health data of tens of thousands of individuals - data which is then sold to pharmaceutical companies through information selling syndicates.

The implications of this cyber theft is terrifying because our government and various agencies are trying to get everything (banking transactions, filling forms, making complaints, etc.) to go “online”, as part of our green initiative; however, there is a high chance we don’t really have the security to back this move – as made obvious by this incident.  As it is, a news report has stated that 10,000 cyber crime cases are reported each year with an approximation of money loss equalling more than RM2.7 million; and the crimes largely involve online scams and hacking of computer servers.