Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Breaking free of TV

"TV rots the senses in the head! It kills the imagination dead! It clogs and clutters up the mind! It makes a child so dull and blind, he can no longer understand a fantasy, a fairyland! His brain becomes as soft as cheese! His powers of thinking rust and freeze!"
— An excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964.

Toy safety tips

Toys and children are inseparable. But while they are your child's best friends, they can also be your child's worst enemy — that is, if you pick the wrong playthings (eg: toys with small parts that can detach from the toy and pose a choking hazard, or those with sharp edges that can cut and bruise).

If you're shopping for toys as a gift for a child, here are some things to keep in mind:

Electrical shock: It does not take much to upset the heart's rhythm and kill

Water and electricity don't mix. You've probably heard this a thousand times. Don't forget it. Teach it to your kids. It's an important rule of home safety. A common misconception is that it takes a large jolt of electricity to upset the heart's rhythm, while in fact, about one-third of an ampere — barely enough to light a light bulb — is enough to kill.

Slash Your Utility Bills

Choose energy-efficient household appliances

THE appliances that heat or cool are the big energy guzzlers. The iron, kettle, water heater, refrigerators, and air conditioner use a lot more energy than appliances like radio, TV and lights. So anything that increases the efficiency of these appliances by even a little can provide significant savings.

 
A cheaper electrical appliances is not necessarily better than a more expensive model because your initial savings could be swallowed up by higher energy costs and shorter life-span of the appliance.