CONSUMERIST: CASSA – STOP USING CHILDREN IN ADVERTS!

 

Dato Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: CASSA – STOP USING CHILDREN IN ADVERTS!

The Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA) and the Selangor Consumer Council (GPNS) want to thank the over 300 emails and SMS
received supporting the above cited theme to from all parts of the country and certainly the 6 that came from the US, Australia, Singapore and the UK!

The pertinent question is will this exploitation of children continue in Malaysia or will the relevant authorities accept our memorandum and say NO! to this immediately?

It is just not only Malaysian children that are exploited but children all around the world are bombarded with television advertisements manipulating them and through them their parents and as for children telling them bad food is good food!

Do you know for the record the UK has the highest level of advertising to children in Europe, according to a study by Consumers International released in November comparing advertising during 20 hours of children’s television. Only the USA and Australia had higher levels of advertising.

In the UK there are no restrictions on the amount of TV and Radio advertising to children beyond those which apply to all advertising.

Many other countries have restrictions.
• Sweden and Norway do not permit any television advertising to be directed towards children under 12 and no adverts at all are allowed during children’s programmes.
• Australia does not allow advertisements during programmes for pre-school children.
• Austria does not permit advertising during children’s programmes, and in the Flemish region of Belgium no advertising is permitted 5 minutes before or after programmes for children.
• Sponsorship of children’s programmes is not permitted in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden while in Germany and the Netherlands, although it is allowed, it is not used in practice.

In virtually all the countries in the survey (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA) there were more advertisements during kids’ TV for food than any other type of product, with advertisements for confectionery, breakfast cereals (mainly sweetened) and fast food restaurants making up over half of all food advertisements in the survey.

The most prolific advertiser overall was McDonald’s with commercials for the fast food chain found in virtually every country.

A previous study has shown that just over half of Australian 9 and 10 year-olds think that Ronald McDonald knows best what is good for children to eat.

And certainly sad that such advertising is often credited with promoting that bastion of consumer freedom – choice?

But the fact remains that the choice that food advertising presents children is largely between one candy bar and another, the latest savory snack or sweetened breakfast cereal or fast food restaurant – hardly the kind of choices which encourage a healthy, balanced diet!

As such the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA) and the Consumer Council of Selangor (GPNS) calls upon the Malaysian government for an immediate halt to using children in advertisements and for greater protection of children from misleading, unfair or excessive amounts of advertising particularly

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Consumerist: Automated Enforcement System (AES) – A Necessity Or Plain Vulgar Greed?

 

Dato Jacob George

Photo: ‘But I am sure corporate predators and their friends in decision making circles are not bothered about that after all who cares about public interest, accountability, good governance, transparency, ethics, governance zero tolerance for corruption when there is billions to be made directly, indirectly and through proxies over inflated procurement deals  by just closing one eyes?’ – Dr Jacob GeorgeRead http://www.drjacobgeorge.com/Consumerist: Automated Enforcement System (AES) – A Necessity Or Plain Vulgar Greed?As expected and prophesied by me, even before the much clandestine series of attempts to introduce this sophisticated speed camera (AES) to nab traffic offenders controversy spills out between alleged contenders for the award and those ‘finally successful’ chaos continue with many double speak?Will I be wrong to say that this AES was again a project where initial initiators are allegedly sidetracked after vital input and usage and the fruits of other people’s labour is prized on a group of political lackeys  - those stupid cigar smoking and jet sitting fat cats of Malaysian business who are closely linked to powerful politicians and about to retire senior civil servants?Strangely – no honour even among thieves!So much that the proposed AES even before it makes an entry is smoked in controversy!I have seriously warned that here we have another major fallout waiting to derail governance and upbeat yet another controversy that Malaysian politicians, civil servants, policymakers and industry scrums love to dabble into?It is the water buffalo way of life!Will the soon to be implemented AES System be after all another very expensive toy costing anything between RM700.00 million to over the billion mark!Like all other toys – it is not fool proof and has had its fair share of controversies the world over!For the record, as I indicated AES is not without its fair share of controversies, namely, problems with cameras and the software used, technical glitches as I am advised by my counterparts in Europe, the US and Australia!Thus expect challenges in court when it goes operational!The overall costs will be major!There will be contest and controversies believe me!But I am sure corporate predators and their friends in decision making circles are not bothered about that, after all, who cares about public interest, accountability, good governance, transparency, ethics, governance zero tolerance for corruption when there is billions to be made directly, indirectly and through proxies over inflated procurement deals  by just closing one eyes?

‘But I am sure corporate predators and their friends in decision making circles are not bothered about that after all who cares about public interest, accountability, good governance, transparency, ethics, governance zero tolerance for corruption when there is billions to be made directly, indirectly and through proxies over inflated procurement deals by just closing one eyes?’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Automated Enforcement System (AES) – A Necessity Or Plain Vulgar Greed?

As expected and prophesied by me, even before the much clandestine series of attempts to introduce this sophisticated speed camera (AES) to nab traffic offenders controversy spills out between alleged contenders for the award and those ‘finally successful’ chaos continue with many double speak?

Will I be wrong to say that this AES was again a project where initial initiators are allegedly sidetracked after vital input and usage and the fruits of other people’s labour is prized on a group of political lackeys – those stupid cigar smoking and jet sitting fat cats of Malaysian business who are closely linked to powerful politicians and about to retire senior civil servants?

Strangely – no honour even among thieves!

So much that the proposed AES even before it makes an entry is smoked in controversy!

I have seriously warned that here we have another major fallout waiting to derail governance and upbeat yet another controversy that Malaysian politicians, civil servants, policymakers and industry scrums love to dabble into?

It is the water buffalo way of life!

Will the soon to be implemented AES System be after all another very expensive toy costing anything between RM700.00 million to over the billion mark!

Like all other toys – it is not fool proof and has had its fair share of controversies the world over!

For the record, as I indicated AES is not without its fair share of controversies, namely, problems with cameras and the software used, technical glitches as I am advised by my counterparts in Europe, the US and Australia!

Thus expect challenges in court when it goes operational!

The overall costs will be major!

There will be contest and controversies believe me!

But I am sure corporate predators and their friends in decision making circles are not bothered about that, after all, who cares about public interest, accountability, good governance, transparency, ethics, governance zero tolerance for corruption when there is billions to be made directly, indirectly and through proxies over inflated procurement deals by just closing one eyes?

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Consumerist: Statutory Rape – AG Must Appeal To Federal Court In The Public Interest!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Statutory Rape – AG Must Appeal To Federal Court In The Public Interest!

My take:
This is madness and an abomination to the word justice served!
The AG’s Office should immediately file an appeal to the Federal Court as this affects the law on Rape and Public Interest!

A Malaysian national bowler escaped custodial sentence for committing statutory rape with a 13-year-old girl three years ago.

The Court of Appeal yesterday allowed Noor Afizal Azizan’s appeal against the High Court decision to sentence him to five years jail.

A three-man panel led by Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Raus Sharif substituted the jail term with a bound over for good behaviour for five years.

If Noor Afizal breached the order, his bailor will have to pay RM25,000.

Raus in his decision agreed with counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, who represented Noor Afizal, that public interest would not be served if his client was given a custodial sentence when he had a bright future.

Hisyam said that Noor Afizal was 18 years old when the offence was committed.

The Sessions Court in Malacca bound over Noor Afizal for good behaviour on a RM25,000 bond for five years after he pleaded guilty to raping the girl at a hotel in Ayer Keroh, Malacca on June 5, 2009.

The Sessions Court, on July 5 last year, in binding him over considered several factors including that there was a consensual sexual relationship between him and the girl.

The public prosecutor successfully appealed to the High Court on Sept 20 last year and obtained a five year jail term.

Noor Afizal, now 21, represented Negeri Sembilan between 2004-2010 and at the same time he represented Malaysia in the National Youth Category for five years between 2004-2008.

He is expected to represent Kedah in several up-coming tournaments such as the KL International Open Championship 2012.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nadia Hanim Mohd Tajuddin appeared for the prosecution.

 

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Consumerist: Do Not Make Christianity Political Fodder Either!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Do Not Make Christianity Political Fodder Either!

The hypocrisy emitted is so far glaring!

He had the audacity to state that a Christian-majority Indonesia could be a threat and that Christian proselytisation in the Southeast Asian giant fuels fears?

Here we have a self styled, racist and religious bigot advising of all countries Indonesia what to do about religion and I am told his statements have already upset many sections of Jakarta populace, politicians, policymakers and angered other powers that be in that state!

If that is not stupidity I do not know what is!

In fact, I had advised him to tone down his rhetoric as it hurt many when I met him in Penang at the wedding of the former Penang CPO’s son!

That is not all!

He even had the audacity to cite Christianity as an enemy which I found vulgar!

My ‘spiritual father’ a Muslim Theologian from Mecca was so shocked to hear what this despicable said which to him was extremely misguided!

I would have thought that being a member of a religious consultative council in the Prime Minister’s department one would not be a monument of racist slurs, religious bias and prejudice but of polite moderation!

More so when it was the Premier who has advised all that religion not be a political fodder and due respect be accorded as is in our Federal Constitution and way of life prior to and since independence till polarization, racism and fanaticism, political agenda and motives dictated otherwise and this Christian Bashing’ soared to unreachable heights!

If there is evidence take action but do not accuse and conduct a media trial for a political agenda and for self political preservation!

That is a sin and a great one at that!

Now we also have a federal minister who wants action taken against tourist who are alleged to have proselytise to locals?

Great go ahead – and make another international headline for the wrong reason again!

It was also strange that these statements are usually made in opposition held states and one cannot wonder whether it is real of fabricated for a political agenda just like the so called ‘Water Crisis’ in Selangor!

If there is indeed a fear allow me to highlight a major fear that has been brought to this writer from Sabah and Sarawak Christian students who are alleging that they are not allowed as believers of the Christian faith in the campus especially at UiTM to have fellowship group gathering among themselves and worst that pressure is being exerted on many of them ‘to convert’ and cited alleged examples in a Labuan campus!

I intend to take this student delegation soon to meet Sabah and Sarawak MPs at Parliament so that these issues and fears (real or imagined) can be addressed!

And this is not political fodder but a real concern to Sabah and Sarawak Christian students!

 

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Consumerist: Keeping Them Honest Series – Urging Banks Illegally Selling NPL’s and Other Service Providers To Be Honest?

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Keeping Them Honest Series – Urging Banks Illegally Selling NPL’s and Other Service Providers To Be Honest?

Yes, hundreds of thousands of Malaysian consumers are paying ASTRO monthly to see repeated reruns and outdated programs virtually plucked from the dustbins of modern television but that does not bother anyone that Malaysian consumers are being royally screwed!

Yes, it bothers not anyone when you pay for a telephone service or for TM net’s infamous Streamyx monthly but receive none but all the same the bills come like clockwork at the end of each tabulating month!
And if you fail to pay in protest they will call and harass you repeatedly like “Ah Longs’

Or you decide to get a maxis broadband facility to supplement your nightmarish TM net Streamyx connection!
You pay the fee and get the required modem and you are told that you will have the service in 2 hours and after two hours when you try to get in you are still unconnected!
So much for Maxis and their promises!

Now let us look at some Malaysian Banks!

Yes, also those who have been repeatedly ‘bailed out’ after financial abuse by high powered politicians, VVIP and others who still remain untouched while many ordinary consumers have lost their homes for amounts far3 smaller!

And let us look at many alleged insider information selling banks who unilaterally sell non performing loans to debt collecting agencies, outsiders and ‘Ah Longs’ who then turn your life into a nightmare!
Here it does not matter that the Banking and financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) 1989 is being royally violated?
As a result we have debt collection agencies auctioning properties when they have no right to do so without first registering interest under the National Land Code (NLC) 1965!
It is alright yeah?

True, no one bothers that Malaysian consumers are paying monthly for services like water which is a human right by all international charters, UN included to concessionaires but receive muddy water at their end or regular cuts in supplies under some politically motivated ‘crisis’ or when they unilaterally decide to change your water meters when there is nothing wrong with the old one – and inexplicably you have allegations/cases of an increase in the water rates monthly and many such meters now leak?

Or that the person who leads that organization is paid a vulgar salary of over RM5 Million a year?

Of course, that goes for electricity chargers as well when one bill is properly calculated at the premise and another an estimation usually higher (?) and with known electricity cuts causing economic loss and anxiety to consumers!

And certainly do not be angry if you are paying a bomb in toll fees and billions are reaped by crony concessionaires linked to powerful political elites and parties and the service sucks and many an occasion dangerous when there are foreign bodies on the highways which could cause serious accidents which will be a danger to life and limb!

Yes, foreign bodies like retreaded tyres, car parts, wood, in one case a water tank, parked and broken down unlighted vehicles, and in some cases strange liquids that can cause a vehicle to skid and threaten its occupants and other road users!

True do not be angry when the commuter buses and heavy vehicles, tankers are on the extreme right lane speeding or a motorcyclist is on the federal highway speeding in and out of a jammed traffic instead of using the motor cycle lane provided!

And do not complain if the so called budget airline has charged you for hidden costs or refuses to redress you when there are delays and worst cancellation of the flight?

Yes, Malaysian consumers owe a high profile, lavish living to a bunch of idiots masquerading as ‘industry captains’ because they are all well connected politically and lead many organizations masquerading as service providers!

Do not get angry, smile or laugh like a lunatic – just remind yourself this is how some business is done in Malaysia – no conscience, no ethics, no accountability, governance, no transparency, worst, they themselves have no dignity or self respect for you as client nor for themselves as ‘service providers’

 

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