CAP Press Release 23 July 2018
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the Penang State Government is seeking a RM 1 billion loan from the Federal Government to jump start the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) to facilitate the Pan Island Link (PIL) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects.
Earlier, the Penang Chief Minister Chow KonYeow and his predecessor who is presently the Finance Minister, had assured the public that the project would not involve any public funds.
Now a different story is being told and if this loan goes through, it may put at risk the financial situation of the state of Penang. There are large economic and environmental risks associated with the PTMP and it is doubtful that some key projects linked to the plan can generate revenue to pay for themselves.
Moreover, what if it is later found that the RM 1 billion is insufficient and the State would have to borrow even more? This will only add a heavier burden on the State and the people of Penang.
We have been told by the Federal government, including the Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng that Malaysia cannot afford to have new mega-projects because of the trillion-ringgit national debt.
Why should an exception be made for the PTMP? The estimated cost of the project is over RM40 billion.Read more
CAP Press Release 31 May 2018
The federal government has announced it is reviewing expensive projects in view of the high debts and the need to improve the financial situation. CAP congratulates the government for this move. So far the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project and the Klang Valley MRT 3 project have been cancelled while the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and other projects are being reviewed.
CAP congratulates the federal government for these bold and quick moves to save much-needed funds and improve the nation’s finances.
This review of mega projects should not be limited to federal projects. The same review should be done by state governments, on the same principle of avoiding luxury projects and saving costs to protect the finances of the nation and state and the rakyat’s future.
The Penang state government should review the expensive projects it is involved in, and put them on hold until such a review is completed.
CAP is concerned that the new Chief Minister has made it a priority to speed up the implementation of the state’s expensive projects especially those related to the Transport Plan. He even hoped that the new Finance Minister, who is the previous Penang Chief Minister, will be able to assist Penang in getting the projects implemented.Read more
Press Statement 19 September 2016
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are part of the newly-launched Break Free from Plastic movement to stem the tide of plastic pollution across the globe.
It is reported that each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean. Estimates suggest that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean today. In a business as usual scenario the ocean is expected to contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025 and by 2050 more plastic than fish by weight.Read more
Harakahdaily 22 Ogos 2016
Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) menggesa kerajaan Pulau Pinang dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi masalah banjir yang kerap berlaku di Kuala Jalan Baru, Balik Pulau di sini.
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FMT News May 31, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: The government must step up the monitoring of mercury use in view of recent accidents making the news, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) said.
CAP President S M Mohamed Idris said a nationwide situation analysis was needed to arrest the problem from spreading. Click to read
The Star May 27, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: Opposition leaders and NGOs who are vocal critics of the state government have been made members of the Penang Transport Council. Click to read
The Star April 23, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: The clearing of land on Penang Hill is far more widespread than previously thought.
While some bald patches can be seen by the naked eye from the road at the bottom of the hill or by photographers using telephoto lenses, an aerial survey showed rampant hill clearings along the hill slope, especially in Paya Terubong. Click to read
Pocket News April 19, 2016
GEORGE TOWN, Apr 19 – The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the authorities to seriously consider odour as an important environmental pollution issue as it affect communities’ quality of life and infringes our right for clean environment, said CAP research officer Mageswari Sangaralingam. Click to read
Sarawak Tribune May 31, 2013
The Consumers' Association of Penang urged the federal government to withdraw itself from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Click to read