Published on: Monday, April 14, 2014
"I commend the close co-operation between City Hall and SPCAKK for such an achievement," said Yong while officiating the Walk for Animals event at Tanjung Aru First Beach, here.
"Congratulations to SPCAKK and City Hall for organising this walk to mark the start of SPCAKK's public fund raising activities. City Hall has been providing very strong and effective support to SPCAKK programmes such as the TNR (Trap, Neuter and Release) programme."
In relation to this, he said that there is a decrease of 44 cases or 15 per cent of complaints on stray animals which is a good indicator that the stray animal problems are being taken care of by City Hall and SPCAKK.
He said City Hall received 247 complaints on stray animals last year and 291 cases in 2012.
He said in order for City Hall to maintain the safety and orderliness of a city, it does not necessarily mean having to deal only with the problem of people throwing rubbish, but also ensured that the city is free from stray animals.
Yong said it was imperative that City Hall maintain an orderly, safe and clean city in order to give a positive impression to tourists.
Yong also highlighted on the various stories pertaining to animal cruelty.
"They are counting on compassionate people like all of us.
It is heartbreaking as well as infuriating to know the extent of the abuse the animals have to suffer in the hands of human beings.
"And it is up to all of us to give these animals a voice by being their heroes."
This, according to Yong can be achieved by learning about the issues these animals are facing and taking the necessary action to help them.
"Each of us have the power to save these animals from being mistreated and to ensure that they have a proper home," reminded Yong.
He said among the urgent concerns is the relocation of the adoption centre in Lomunu which has been constantly experiencing flash floods and landslide, making it unsafe for the animals and the staff.
Yong pointed out that the fundraising effort was to finance the new centre and its day to day operation.
In relation to this, he urged members of the public to support SPCAKK as they are raising awareness in responsible pet ownership and cruelty to animals. They are also promoting kindness and respect to all animals and in particular, free them from sufferings, abuses and exploitations.
Margaret Tong, an SPCA member since 2006, said she felt very appreciative of participants who joined in the walk.
She hoped that more SPCA branches would be opened in the State.
"So far, there are only two - in KK and Sandakan. Apart from the registered societies, there are also individuals who are doing a lot on their ownÉthere are many unsung heroes out there."
Tina Lu Ting Chih, one of SPCAKK's staff who used to study in Japan, said that based on her observations in Japan, she saw no stray dogs in the streets.
Among those present at the event were City Hall's Director General Datuk Yeo Boon Hai, President of SPCAKK Henny Liew, and SPCAKK's Head of Education Dr. Rosleey Abbas.