Monday, 6 June 2011

More Dog Trouble In Selayang

More Dog Trouble In Selayang


TROUBLE IS BREWING for around 30 dog lovers residing in the local Townhouse here.

The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) which seems to be fast getting a notoriety for handling canine issues poorly, has issued a warning to dog owners that their pets have to be removed by this week.

MPS says their directive follows complaints by residents in the area who are pushing them to have the animals removed.

The move is allegedly being strongly supported by the councillor of the area.

However residents with pets argue that it is their right to own dogs as long as they are not a nuisance to others in the Townhouse.

The controversy began when some of the dog owners applied for pet licenses from the MPS.

They claim the council had flatly refused to give them a license, saying that their pets were illegal and had to go.

"This is most unfair," said one of the owners, a professional who moved into Amansiara over a year ago.

Speaking to PET+BLOGSPOT he said: "My two beagles pose no problems for any of my neighbours.

"They provide security for us as well as loyal companionship. They are like our children.

"The strata title strictly speaks about 'animals that are a nuisance'," he argued.

"If our dogs have to go, what about the cats which are also animals and also pose a nuisance to neighbours?"

Meanwhile, The Malaysian Animal Welfare Society president Shenaaz Khan has condemned MPS for their threats and refusal to issue dog licenses to the pet owners.

"Local councils have no right whatsoever to cease pets from private property," she told PET+BLOGSPOT in utter fury this morning.

Khan, who is also Treasurer of the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association or PETPOSITIVE, threatened to make a police report against the MPS if they carried out their threats on unsuspecting dog owners. (See her SMS to MPS at the bottom)

On his part, Petpositive President Anthony SB Thanasayan who is also chairman of the Canine Advisory Team (CAT) of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and the Klang Municipality has also expressed his strong displeasure at MPS' move.

"MPS should be targeting individual irresponsible dog owners and not the majority of dogs owners who have been responsible with their pets," he said.

He also called for a proper setting up of a permanent canine committee in the MPS council.

"Let's stop these knee-jerk reactions and come to the discussion table so that we can draw up concrete plans on effectively tackling animal issues within the local council," he added.

According to Thanasayan, he has made many attempts to get head of MPS health department Dr Razif bin Zainol Abidin to set up a committee.

"Despite promising to set up such a council, it has never been done for more than a year." Thanasayan pointed out.

Thanasayan says he has referred the matter to Selangor Exco for Health Dr Xavier Jayakumar who is closely following the issue.

Dr Xavier said he would discuss the matter with Dr Razif on Monday.

Others who are also intervening in the situation are Member of Parliament William Leong, state assemblyperson for Rawang Gan Pei Nee and MPS councillor Gunaraj George.

A meeting is being scheduled for Wednesday where Thanasayan will represent Dr Xavier. The time of the meeting has not been decided at press time.

Here is Shenaaz Khan's SMS message to Dr Razif:

"Dr Razif, this is Shenaaz Khan of the Malaysian Animal Welfare Society.

"It has come to my attention that you and MPS are using high handed and illegal methods of bullying dog owners in Selayang by invoking the strata title act.

"You have threatened to confiscate their animals should they fail to comply with a directive issued by you.

"This is an absolute abuse of power as you have no legal authority to issue such a directive!

"Let me very strongly remind you that no council has any jurisdiction to confiscate any animal within a premise.

"That, Dr Razif, is trespassing and you and your council will be violating federal laws and committing a crime punishable by law.

"Should you wish to further pursue this unlawful course of action, police reports will be lodged against the MPS and yourself."

Note: The above SMS message was copied to Anthony SB Thanasayan as CAT chairman of MBPJ.


  1. What a funny? Just because 30 dog lovers, u want to disturbing another 1170 non pet lovers which is Chinese, Malay and Indian as well??? It's simple...U should buy other type of house if u want to have a pets..go and talk with other residents (chinese, malay and indian) and u will found that majority of residents don't want their life being disturbing with the pets especially dogs and cats as well...please don't be a very very selfish "educated" person...

  2. Correction to your article, you should wrote :The controversy began when majority of the dog owners make lots of nuisance to the others in the Townhouse Area.

  3. Your words and your comfort in hiding in your anonymity say a lot about you & your mindset.

    It is because of people who consent to unlawful actions that we have the nation's resources plundered by a political elite, under the guise of "security".
    So we have draconian laws like ISA, UUCA, Police Act, OSA to shut everyone up- just because "the majority want peace".
    That is how "they" take away your rights to self-determination which is applauded by the ignorant.

    It seems like you believe that what is deemed a nuisance due to bad owners, should be generalized.
    If they are a nuisance- it is your duty as a resident to educate them and tell them the proper way to handle the problem- failing which there should be no problem if you make a police report or report to MPS to proceed with issuing compounds to irresponsible.
    I challenge you to produce the names and numbers of houses which have been a "nuisance"- and I will prove to you that things can be done to solve it.
    But no- you want a "handyplast" solution which caters to your egos ....

    The problem is with MPS's innefficiency in mitigating the issue- not with the responsible pet owners!
    So what's your issue?
    Why can't they do their job to regulate? Why do they have to resort to illegal methods?

    Don't come around preaching on inconvenience, if you cannot get residents to behave as the perfect neighbour ... there are more than enough problem neighbours in various other matters.
    Noisy neighbours, dirty neighbours, bigoted neighbours, etc- are you going to tell them to move out too?

    You got it wrong, mate- what matters is education.
    Not everyone knows how to live in guarded communities. Some think it is cool to have an illegal barricade to make it look "exclusive".
    Don't even think about getting me started on the noisy people, children & irresponsible parents .... maybe you'd like to tell them to vacate their own houses as well?
    This is nothing but ignorance, heartlessness, lack of social consciousness and compassion.

    Taking it to another level- it only highlights the moral issues we have at the level of the leadership which indoctrinates people to feed their egos and tyrannize the minorities. Based on their simplistic definition, that is "democracy". They're ignorant of the fact that the true test of a democracy lies in "the protection of the legitimate interests of the minorities".

    With people behaving approving high-handed methods instead of education, it is hardly surprising that the nation is fraying at its seams.
    But of course .... you cry when you feel the fallout of it all today.

    A great man once said- "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

    How true .... we have today become a nation of heartless people with no conscience- devoid of moral fibre!

  4. It is really funny how some people shamelessly condone illegal high-handed actions by a certain authority- and yet wish ride the moral high-horse & preach to us ..... then, can also tell us to leave, if we don't like it!!
    Sounds like some uncouth MP who said the same thing in parliament ....


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