Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cuts like a knife

Yesterday afternoon, while waiting for Iman and Nana at school, I noticed a group of kids playing happily. It brought back sweet memories of yesteryears. They were teasing, running and poking each other like any normal boys will do.

I looked harder and to my horror they were actually playing with a knife. Almost all of them, had a knife. I told them nicely that it was not a good idea to play around with that kind of thing. They replied that it was just a toy knife and demonstrated to me how it worked.


Looks just like a kitchen knife, isn't it? Only it was plastic.

Then, if you stab it to your friend, the blade will dissapear into the handle.


For them, it's all about magic and fun. For me, it is danger. They bought it from a toy shop nearby. How could this happen? By letting them play around with this, we are telling them that it is okay... It is not okay. I'm just so worried.

Earlier today, I went to KPDNHEP to file a complaint but to no avail. They told me that anybody could be selling those and it is not under their jurisdiction to act.... I was told to go to a police station or CAP. Well, I don't think the police will be interested in this...

Then, I searched for the shop and found out that it is sold for RM0.80 only.

How about that!

***Update***

I received an email from CAP regarding this matter. Below are the reply.

Salam sejahtera dari kami di Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang.

Kami merujuk kepada aduan Puan berhubung dengan perkara di atas. Adalah sedia maklum bahawa perkara ini sememangnya telah pun dirujuk kepada pihak kementerian berkenaan dan polis diraja malaysia sejak tahun 1990 lagi. Ini bukan kali pertama kami pihak kami menerima aduan sedemikian dan untuk menanganinya memerlukan komitmen pelbagai agensi kerajaan yang pada masa sekarang dalam satu proses pengubalan undang-undang bagi menangani isu yang semakin melarat ini.

Pihak kami amat menghargai keprihatinan pihak Puan terhadap isu ini dan pihak kami akan terus perhatian dan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya terhadap aduan Puan. Sekian terima kasih.

Yang benar


Ganesan Sivalingam
Pegawai Penyelidikan
Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang


8 comments:

cakapaje said...

Salam MM,

During my childhood days, this toy was already around. But if I am not mistaken, they were banned some 20 years ago. Perhaps you should check with CAP as they are very serious on matters such as this.

gravtkills said...

i guess anybody can be a magician these days

Lan Rambai said...

dorang ni pikir nak buat duit jerrrrr

13may said...

ishh ishhh....tatau la nak cakap apa...

j or ji said...

toys ada macam jenis kebahayaanya.
dari video games sampai la ke pisau tu.
toys yg nampak tak bahaya pun sebenarnya merbahaya sebab catnya (lead) beracun dan blabla.


susu baby pun ada melamin dan merbahaya.tak larat!
pihak berkuasa? tak kuasa!

noor said...

Toys macam ini tidak sesuai macam memberi galakan untuk generasi muda bertindak agresif. Should be banned from market sale.

drNO said...

too bad right, when we want to report something like this, it felt into deaf ears...

katakbesar said...

masa saya masih kenit dulu :)
i had a friend
who brought in to the classroom
a Russian Roulette
:(