Calls on Corporations and Governments to Break Free from Plastic
As part of this year’s Earth Day celebrations, #breakfreefromplastic, a global movement backed up by more than 1,100 organizations, including the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), is urging governments worldwide to restrict or eliminate the use of single-use plastics (SUPs), stressing that the unrestrained production and consumption of disposable plastics is bringing on a plastic flood of crisis proportions.
Citing the lead of 36 countries and hundreds of cities and local government units around the world that have already imposed prohibitions or levies on the use of single-use plastics like plastic bags, straws, bottles, cups and cutlery, movement leaders pointed out that more countries and institutions are expected to follow suit as consumer attitudes change and public revulsion over plastic pollution intensifies (report titled Stemming the Plastic Flood is attached) .
CAP President is surprised how unregulated electrical products can continue to be available
in the market.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is surprised at how unregulated electrical products can continue to be available in the market. This problem has been highlighted by CAP umpteen times over the years.
There are an alarming number of electronic/electrical products without the Energy Commission-SIRIM label that are being blatantly sold in the market.
More shockingly, the Energy Commission (EC) List of Regulated Electrical Equipment did not include many other products that are commonly used.
Defective goods or purchases that do not fit their description can cause consumers a headache. Not only do they hurt the pocket, they can also be dangerous. A faulty electrical product, for example, may start a fire or even cause a fatal injury.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF…
Same Vehicle Model, and Same Story by Toyota
On 12 December 2006, another Toyota Vios 1.5E(A), under similar circumstances, ie traveling at about 10 km/hour, suffered the same fate. In this case, the treaded part of the steering rack end broke off completely. This car had traveled 6,614km (the earlier case, 6,827km).
Toyota took exactly the same stance in handling the complaint, and the car owner approached CAP for assistance.