Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Turn Little India into a vehicle-free zone

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CAP congratulates the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) for granting permits to the traders to set up canopies and carry out their business freely for Deepavali at Little India, Georgetown, Penang. In fact MPPP should turn Little India into a permanent vehicle-free-zone. This will enable people to walk around freely and safely while shopping. It will be a paradise for tourists and the government encourages that.

Shoddy TM services

Recently Telecom Malaysia discontinued its e-mail services without giving sufficient time for consumers to migrate to other alternative e-mail services. Many subscribers of Streamyx were caught by surprise. Why was there no public announcement on the discontinuation so that more subscribers would have been made aware of?

Malaysia's Bullying Epidemic

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) finds the state of bullying in Malaysian schools to be very disturbing. The bullying phenomenon has reached a point where it can now be considered a social epidemic.

It would seem that if we do not find a way to tackle this problem immediately, our society is going to turn into a violent one.

However, as with all problems, before we can work towards eradicating it we must first determine the causes or the contributing factors of the problem.

CAP calls on Government not to join UPOV that does not safeguard rights of small farmers

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) strongly calls on the Malaysian Government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991).

CAP has learnt that the Malaysian government has been under increasing pressure to agree to such a move, and we are most worried and fear that the government will give way and join UPOV, which will be against the interests of our small farmers, local researchers and the protection of our biodiversity.

PROLIFERATION OF LIQUOR SHOPS IN PENANG’S LITTLE INDIA

The Consumers’ Association of Penang is shocked to find that there is a proliferation of liquor shops in the Little India area here in Penang. We strongly believe that liquor shops should not be allowed to set up in places with homes and offices.

We have received complaints about liquor shops opening up tables along the roadside to seat the people who patronize their shops. The tables that are opened up far exceed the parameters of their shops premises and encroach on the space of their neighbours (other businesses that have closed for the day).