The yearly examination results announcement season is here again and as usual the nation celebrates the achievements of top scorers not realizing that Malaysians' preoccupation with "scoring" in school examinations does no one any favours.
For the high-achieving students themselves, it instills the perception that straight A’s are the be-all and end-all of school life. Co-curricular activities and simply socialising with friends -- so important in developing a child's social skills -- may thereby be neglected. Moreover, the pressure to keep on getting top marks could prove overbearing, and if the student should fare less well in a subsequent exam, there might be adverse effects on his or her emotional health sometimes resulting in depression or even suicides.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to ban the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides as it found to be hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Glyphosate is the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, from Monsanto. In Malaysia there are about 172 herbicide products which contain glyphosate.
Glyphosate is increasingly associated with health problems such as infertility, birth defects, damage to the nervous system, Parkinson’s disease and several forms of cancer. In addition to health risks for humans, the usage of glyphosate can also lead to loss of biodiversity and difficulties with purifying drinking water.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the relevant authorities to take immediate step to reduce diabetes in children.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that type 2 diabetes has increasingly been reported in children and adolescents, and in some parts of the world type that 2 diabetes has become the main type of diabetes in children. The global rise of childhood obesity and physical inactivity is widely believed to play a contributing factor to the situation.
On 22 February 2016, CAP received a very unique and special guest who translated and republished CAP's booklet How Sugar Destroys Your Health, in English and Sinhala and distributed 50,000 copies of the book free of charge to Sri Lankan consumers. Mr Channa De Silva, is the former Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and graduated from Melbourne University and Harvard. His father-in-law is Dr A. T. Ariyaratne, the founder of Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka, a social movement based on Buddhist and Gandhian teachings and works in over 10 thousand villages in Sri Lanka.
The government recently announced the intention to ban smoking in hotels by end of 2016 and subsequently extend it to other public places. Hoteliers from the Malaysian Association of Hotels, however, wondered if the Tobacco Control and Smoking Bill will provide designated smoking zones. Until the implementation of the ban, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) stands firm that the government must not accede to any appeals to designate smoking areas such as cigar bars.