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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Gotong Royong with Staff of Horison Seminyak Hotel in Bali to clean up Kuta Beach Jan 31 2015

This morning 31 Jan 2015, while our way for a morning jog at the beach of Kuta, we stumbled upon a group of volunteers in red T' Shirt and I walked up to them and enquire to find out what were they doing. I was told by one of the volunteers that they are staff of Horison Seminyak Hotel in Bali doing their voluntary job to help lean up the beach of Kuta, collecting plastics, which were either thrown by visitors there or washed ashore.




I introduced myself from Ipoh City Watch and congratulated them for their good deeds. I decide to join them to show that we do care for the environment. We made friends with the Balinese and we all agreed that there should be some concerned NGO in Bali to take care of the environment.

Thanks to Raiss and Diky for leading the team. Good job.




We are proud to be part of them and will always cherished forever such experience. We all need to be concerned about our environment and it is our responsibility to keep our environment clean and green.





Thursday, January 29, 2015

Forum on Strays organized by Ipoh City Watch 25 Jan 2015



Closed to 60 people sacrificed their Sunday leisure and turned up to share their views on how to handle strays in Ipoh during a forum on strays organized by Ipoh City Watch. It was held on 25 Jan 2015 at 3pm at the SK La Salle School in Ipoh Garden. This is the second back-to-back forum by ICW this year after a successful forum on GST held a day earlier.





Most of the participants who attended the forum were from several animal loving NGOs such as Noah's Ark Ipoh, Fur Kid's Shoulder, Kiko Food Bank, Ipoh Companion Rescuer, KJAS Ipoh, and many individuals who were independent rescuers. 












The speakers include Dr. Jean Teoh, a private veterinary doctor and Mr. Victor Chew, the ICW Hon. Secretary, who is also an activist and animal lover. Two other invited speakers from Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh and the State Vet Dept did not turn up unfortunately. 











Many issues have been raised during the 2.5 hours forum and these were compiled for submission to the relevant authorities. Another roundtable talk will be organized within 60 days as a follow up to this forum to find solutions to the many problems faced by Ipohites.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kebersihan Ipoh Mendukacitakan, Perlu Kesedaran Sivik


Satu lawatan mengejut di sekitar bandaraya Ipoh dijalankan bermula seawal 8 pagi pada Ahad. Lawatan bermula di stesen Keretapi Tanah Melayu(KTM) dan berakhir pada 1 tengahari itu turut disertai oleh Datuk Bandar Ipoh, Harun Rawi dan beberapa anggota MBI yang lain.

Keadaan di sekitar Ipoh memang amat menyedihkan, lihat sahaja sampah-sarap dan bekas-bekas makanan yang ditinggalkan oleh masyarakat, ini satu perkara yang amat memalukan buat negeri Perak.
Sebagai contoh, stesen keretapi KTM merupakan salah satu pintu masuk dan gateway kepada negeri Perak, bayangkan perasaan pelancong atau sesiapa sahaja yang turun dan melihat sampah yang berselerak di Dataran MBI.
Kesemua pihak harus bekerjasama dalam mengekalkan kebersihan setempat serta memelihara keindahan di bandar Ipoh seperti lukisan mural, deretan Memory Lane dan kedai-kedai lama yang mewujudkan suasana nostalgia kepada yang menggemarinya.
Pihak Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) dan Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) telah diperingatkan untuk membersihkan dan sentiasa memeriksa semula penyelenggaran sampah-sarap, rumput panjang, longkang dan lampu jalanan yang perlu diperbaiki.
Kesedaran sivik perlu disemai di dalam diri setiap warga Ipoh dalam memastikan bandaraya warisan itu terus menjadi salah satu lambang pembangunan negeri Perak.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

12 Fokus Utama Penjawat Awam Perak - YAB Menteri Besar Perak



Semasa Executive Talk pada 22 Jan 2015 yang lalu YAB Menteri Besar Perak telah menggariskan 12 Fokus Utama untuk penjawat awam iaitu:

1. Selesaikan masalah banjir

Kita perlu tangani masalah yang timbul pasca banjir, iaitu masalah kesihatan dan jangkitan penyakit seperti demam denggi dan leptospirosis. Membaik pulih sistem saliran, perparitan dan rumah-rumah yang rosak. Marilah buat kerja bersama-sama untuk selesai masalah ini. Terima kasih dan tahniah diucapkan kepada hero dan heroin yang tidak didendang tetapi melaksanakan tugas dan tanggungjawab dengan baik dan penuh amanah. Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan telah melaksanakan pengurusan banjir yang terbaik dan diiktiraf oleh pemimpin negara.

2. Majlis Bandaraya dan Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) khususnya Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI)

Saya ulang peringatan yang diberi pada tahun lalu iaitu beri perhatian kepada lima perkara iaitu rumput mesti dipotong, sampah sarap dibersihkan, longkang perlu dibersihkan, lanskap dan keindahan dipertingkatkan, lampu jalan perlu diceriakan. Bandar perlu ada roh, perlu ada identitinya, Jangan buat perancangan yang akan merosakkan aspek ini. Jangan tebang pokok-pokok besar. Pastikan semua bandar di Perak ceria. Jalan berlopak, sila segerakan pembaikannya. Pembaikan perlu dilakukan 24 jam selepas kita terima aduan daripada rakyat. Ini melibatkan soal nyawa pengguna jalan raya terutama penunggang motosikal.

3. Teruskan Turun Padang

Program 3P iaitu Padang, Perasaan dan Penyelesaian perlu diteruskan dan diaktifkan, teruskan laksana program 3P di setiap daerah. Kita turun padang, rasai masalah rakyat dengan perasaan dan empati, sama-samalah selesaikan masalah mereka. Saya akan turun padang sebagaimana komitmen yang telah saya berikan.

4. Isi kekosongan jawatan
Jika berlaku kekosongan jawatan, segera isi jawatan itu. Jangan sampai berbulan-bulan tidak diisi. Sebagai contoh, jawatan pengarah di jabatan. Kita perlu ketua di pejabat, apabila pengarah tiada, bagaimana kakitangan hendak melaksanakan tugas secara efektif.

5. Semak kualiti kerja-kerja terutama projek infra. 
Rakyat sudah semakin pandai menilai kualiti kerja yang dilaksanakan oleh jabatan awam. Contohnya, kita belanja RM7 juta untuk projek jalan kampung di Pos Kemar tetapi sekali kena hujan lebat, jalan tersebut rosak teruk.

6. Cadangan projek-projek untuk RMK-11 
YAB Perdana Menteri akan umumkan pada bulan Mei ini. Kita perlu buat persediaan cadangan-cadangan ini. Pastikan Perak ada IPD-IPD yang baru, usaha meningkatkan kualiti infrastruktur di Pulau Jarak, menaik taraf institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) negeri kepada IPT awam.

7. Bincang dengan kerajaan negeri untuk keutamaan projek-projek negeri.

8. Semak manifesto Barisan Nasional (BN)
Ini janji kita, tolong pantau sama-sama, contohnya kita janji 20,000 unit perumahan mampu milik. Telitikan semua janji-janji ini, kita sangat serius dalam perkara ini.

9. Kurangkan jenayah
Tidak guna negeri maju kalau rakyat kita rasa takut. Bagus dengan adanya indikator yang menunjukkan turun naik jenayah, tetapi kena ingat ketakutan itu berkaitan dengan perasaan yang menghantui rakyat. Mereka akan rasa tidak selamat untuk bekerja dan sebagainya.

10. Perangi dadah
Ini masalah serius yang meresapi anak-anak kita. Dadah sekarang murah dan mudah diperolehi.

11. Kesihatan rakyat
Ambil perhatian tentang kesihatan rakyat - leptospirosis, denggi. Nyamuk tak kenal darjat, SS pun kena denggi. PBT dan jabatan kesihatan perlu bertindak. Jangan ambil mudah demam yang berlarutan.

12. Minta semua jabatan membantu untuk menambah hasil negeri bagi mencapai matlamat pembangunan negeri dan pertumbuhan negeri.

Council workers must treat strays caught with care and compassion, says NAI - The Star

Oct 8, 2014 By Ivan Loh


THE Ipoh City Council should treat stray animals they catch with more dignity, Noah’s Ark Ipoh (NAI) founder Dr Ranjit Kaur Mendhir said.
Dr Ranjit said while it was good that the city council has stopped shooting stray dogs and were catching them instead, they should be more humane when treating the animals.
“We have seen animals caught kept in a lorry while they continue the exercise from one end of the city to the other.
“The animals are cooped up in stuffy cages in the lorry,” she told journalists during the opening of the World Animal Day public awareness programme by Ipoh Veterinary Research Institute deputy director Dr P. Chandrawathani at the Ipoh Garden South field recently
“There are regulations when slaughtering an animal, so there should be regulations for animals that are captured,” she added.
Dr Ranjit also stressed on the need for a dog pound where stray animals can be given temporary shelter and food.
“Even if an animal is to be put down, it must be done with dignity.
“Stray animals should not be released in areas where they cannot find food either,” she said, adding that it was a cruel act.
“If they cannot find food, they become scared and aggressive,” she added.
Dr Ranjit also said NAI rescues an average of 50 animals a month.
“We have also saved kittens, with their eyes still not open and smaller in size than our palm, found unwanted and dumped at our clinics,” she said.
“We try to nurse these animals, spay and neuter them before finding them a home,” she added.
NAI secretary Malika Ramiah Oates said creating awareness among the public on stray animals was important.
“I recently came back from Cape Town, South Africa and did not see stray animals there.
“If they can do that, I wonder why we can’t?” she asked.
“There are still many stray animals around because many people are uncaring,” she said.
“In Gunung Rapat alone, we have received reports that there are at least 250 animals in the area,” she added.
Malika said she hopes to raise between RM25,000 and RM30,000 from the event.
“The money will be used primarily for neutering and spaying stray animals and in animal rescuing efforts.
“We need a minimum of RM5,000 every month to conduct our activities and programmes and our funds are from generous donors,” she said.
“The money raised will also be used for education and awareness programmes in our effort to reduce the stray population in Ipoh,” she added.
At the event, stalls selling a range of foodstuff, clothing and ornaments were set up to raise funds for NAI.
Visitors at the event, together with their pets, also mingled while getting information about controlling the stray population in the city.

Catch, kill and get paid - The Star

Oct 4, 2013 By Victoria Brown


CATCH, kill, and get paid… That is pretty much the job description of private dog catchers in Malaysia.

According to my sources, private dog catchers are hired by local councils to catch and kill stray dogs and cats. They will be paid a sum for every stray dog or cat they catch, and the local council will entrust them with the responsibility to kill and dispose of the animal.

Of course nobody really knows what happens to the animal after they’re caught by dog catcher. The speculation by animal NGOs runs wild - are their necks broken, are they drowned, buried alive, administered lethal injections by untrained professionals? These questions still remained unanswered by Malaysian authorities.

Lately, the issue of dog catching in Malaysia has become somewhat of a hot topic. Especially after Malaysia Independent Animal Rescue’s (MIAR) video on MPKJ dog catcher’s cruel treatment towards the strays in the area.

The video has reached over 100,000 views since it was uploaded almost two weeks ago. (Video here: http://youtu.be/2eN_zLzSw0U)

MIAR’s president T. Puspa Rani said that she and her colleagues tried to save the dogs that were caught by the dog catchers.

However, their efforts to rescue the dogs were in vain due to a tiff that broke out between the MIAR members and MPKJ dog catchers.

“They blamed us for obstructing their duty, this implied to us that if they worked for the government they were above the law, which they aren’t,” said Rani.

Rani says that dogs are brutally caught and killed everyday by our local councils.

“Some councils do not provide proper shelter, food or water for their dogs as protocol requires them to. These dogs are kept for a period of seven days in this deplorable condition causing them to resort to killing each other out of starvation,” said Rani.

“Why kill these innocent lives? Why not spay or neuter them instead,” questions Rani.

“Dogs have been killed like this for years but that has not solved the stray problem in Malaysia,” said Rani.

I also spoke to the general manager of Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) Derene Lee about this issue, and she believes that stray management has been given commercial value by local councils.

“This is a very dangerous trend, especially since private dog catching companies are paid based on the number of dogs they catch,” said Lee.

“There have been many instances whereby pet owners have alleged that their pets were taken away by these private dog catching companies,” she said.

Lee said that these dog catching companies get these contracts with local councils through open tender for pest control work.

This means that these dogs are classified as pests and comes under the local council’s health department vector division, which is the department responsible for killing pests like mosquitoes and rats.

Imagine having dogs and cats, who some consider family, put in the same category as rats and mosquitoes. I find that piece of information a little hard to swallow, our dogs and cats are not pests who need to be exterminated!

Wong Ee Lynn, a senior SPCA volunteer, explains just how cruel the methods used to catch dogs in Malaysia are.

“From what I have observed, the most common method of catching roaming dogs in Malaysia is by using poles and rope nooses. This is impractical and cruel as it often causes severe neck and spinal injury and even death in dogs,” she said.

“Another method is by shooting. This is terrifying both to the animals and people in the vicinity,” said Wong.

“Dogs are often maimed or injured by the pellets, and even if the shooter is an expert marksman, it cannot be denied that accidents may occur, causing injury to non-target dogs, cats and other animals,” she added.
Wong said that dog catchers also use large nets on hoops and also more humane traps using food as bait.

She believes that catching and killing strays (which is what the local councils are doing right now) is not the answer. The ‘catch and release’ method is a far more effective solution to control the stray population.

“Stray and roaming dogs and cats should be trapped, neutered/spayed by veterinarians, allowed time for recovery and then released in the same place. This is the only humane and proper way to manage stray populations,” said Wong.

“Based on my experience, when roaming cats and dogs are forcibly removed and destroyed from a particular area, this enables other stray cats and dogs to move in and breed, so the cycle of cat and dog overpopulation continues,” she said.

That is why she believes that capturing and neutering stray cats and dogs and returning them to their former territory is a wiser option.

“This way, the number of roaming animals is kept stable. New cats and dogs will not move into an area where other cats and dogs have already established themselves,” said Wong.

Dr Ranjit Mendhir, who is a vet by profession and founder of Noah’s Ark Ipoh agrees that the ‘catch and release’ program is the right way to go.

“I don’t think culling is the solution to ending the stray dog population. Neutering dogs are the answer, nip it in the bud,” said Ranjit.

“Culling is a waste of public funds. And these private dog catchers even recycle the dogs. They will show the same batch of dogs to different councils to get paid,” she said.

Rather than going out there to catch and kill strays, Ranjit feels that the government should instead make it compulsory for pet owners to neuter their pets.

“They can do this by implementing a licensing fee for breeders who refuse to spay their pets,” said Ranjit.

She adds that educating the public on the importance of neutering pets is also essential.

I can’t understand why the government and local councils will not listen and work together with the animal NGOs.

I believe that managing the stray population will be much more effective in the long term if Malaysia implements the ‘catch and release’ program. Not to mention that it will be a more humane and cost effective (in the long term) solution.

What do you think? Do you think that culling strays is the answer to controlling the stray population? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Forum on GST organized by Ipoh City Watch Jan 24 2015 3pm at OUM Perak




Ipoh City Watch (ICW) has successfully organized another forum today 24 Jan 2015 based on the topic "GST & You". It was sponsored by OUM Perak and witnessed a record participation of 100 people comprised of bsuinessmen, laywers, doctirs, tour bus operators, civil servants and consumers. 








Three speakers were invited as panel speakers. There were 1. Tn Mohd Nor Ismail Sadian from the Custome Dept, 2. Puan Noorma Sidek, Deputy GM of OUM for Finance and Planning and 3. Mr. Teoh Ewe Hun, a management consultant. 








The forum was chaired by Victor Chew, ICW Hon. Secretary. Credit goes to organizing chairman, Mr. Pandian Sarangabanly and OUM Perak staff.








Many issues were brought up during the 2 hour session which starts at 2,30pm. At the end of the forum close to 10 questions were raised and answered by the panel. 

We thanks all ICW committee members and staff of OUM Perak were present to help make this forum a huge success