Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Election fever

One of the town council officers just wrote to ask if we could remove all the cats at the polling station on election day between 8 am and 8 pm to prevent any cat related issues. What exactly do they expect us to do? Move them somewhere else in the meantime? Also do they really think people are going to see the cats and change their mind and vote for the other party? If I was voting, I would be more upset that someone removed the cats just so I could vote in a cat-free environment.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mentality of some Town Council officers can make it to the Guiness Book of Idiotism!

3/5/06 11:00 PM  
Anonymous imp said...

they're crazy. all grovelling idiots. try removing all cockroaches, lizards, frogs...watever. and at the same time, remove the opposition posters. preferably the human namesakes along with it too.

3/5/06 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These TC officers have very low mentality. How to remove all the cats and where to put them? Cats have 4 legs and they walk everywhere. People have 2 legs and they are free to walk anywhere they like. A normal person will not make such a request.

3/5/06 11:59 PM  
Blogger auntie p said...

Hahaha...this one takes the cake!

BTW Dawn, you might have seen this TC poster before.

4/5/06 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sick of their behaviour. I was prepared to go along and just vote blindly for practical purposes but things like these change my mind.

4/5/06 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Election is only a one-day affair. Why can't they leave the cats alone. Why are people so impatience these days? Even, if you see 1 or 2 cats around, so what? The cats are not going to eat the voters, right???

4/5/06 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Singapore has no stray cats, then there will be lots of rats around. The next thing, they will do, is to cull the rats.

4/5/06 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's dissapointing is that none of the election candidates have the guts to broach the topic of animal welfare or anything other than mainstream issues...

4/5/06 6:52 PM  
Blogger san said...

haha. Imagine that! What will they think of next. If they put this in the Straits Times, then we'll have something to talk about. :))

4/5/06 7:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, I think for most people animal welfare is probably a non-issue unfortunately.

Auntie P actually I hadn't. Do you live in that TC?

4/5/06 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think people in the limelight and want to be in the limelight think that admission of love for animals is an indication weakness in character. To say...let's find a humane solution to crows and cats..be prepared for boo??
But to crow over 60 shot crows...applause? Heroism or cowardism?

4/5/06 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These officials really "xiao", is this part of our "world class govt, officials and admin staff"??

What has a few stray cats got to do, and bother the voters, they come in, cast their votes and leave, u mean they can hang around the polling stations??

And not as if the cats are bothered enough to go near the ballot boxes or the polling booths and disturb the votes... they so "eng" meh...

It's like asking you to remove all the vegetation at the Polling Station, because they scare got ants etc...

The I.Q. of these officials add together is... MINUS below!! Not even 0!! Because their acts insult our intelligence!!

I think yes, someone should put this in the ST Forum, and let the incumbent knows how your officials are acting and behaving, PURE STUPIDITY, bunch of idiots!!

If there is any UPGRADING to be done, it is not the lifts or the HDB estates, it is the brains of all these TC officers...

PAP, take a good look at your Town Council officers... what a joke, what a laugh

5/5/06 2:18 AM  
Blogger Guttercat said...

You have to see what sort of country we live in, where 'animal rights' is an oxymoron to the average policeman off the streets.

Where people request for the removal of an owl cos its hooting was disturbing their slumber.

Heck, I get responses like, "you got baby liao, still got time to take care of abandoned kittens meh?" from fellow animal lovers.

Might be in jest, but all the same it brings me down.

It feels as though I'm walking alone.

All the same, I did think about bringing up animal welfare issues during those once-every-GE-Minister-walkabouts, just to see what kinda politically-correct crap, I mean response, would be given.

5/5/06 4:11 AM  
Blogger auntie p said...

Dawn, yes, I do. That poster is inside the glass-covered notice board, or else I would take it down.

5/5/06 9:20 AM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Guttercat: "All the same, I did think about bringing up animal welfare issues during those once-every-GE-Minister-walkabouts, just to see what kinda politically-correct crap, I mean response, would be given."

Why don't you, guttercat? =D I just did that to my incumbent MP last night, and got a 'let's work together' response. Already sent an email summarising the points discussed and highlighted more stuff.

Let's see what happens after. Am going to do follow-up for sure.

Granted my MP quite ok with our TNRM so it's not that surprising he didn't give me any grief about the animal/environment/healthcare issues I raised last night ... but hey, I'm looking at the big picture, the next 15, 20 years at least.

I do wish though, the media would highlight one instance of an MP being told to support TNRM or strengthen animal abuse punishment during the walkabouts! One freaking instance is all I ask.

But there's so many of us here, we're not alone, guttercat.

Actually, you know what I think? Maybe next round, we can organise, and have reps in each ward to ask the incumbent. Must make sure cameras are there lah.

5/5/06 10:10 AM  
Blogger Guttercat said...

Haha, thanks for the encouragement, Calsifer.

Yeah, wanted to, but in the middle of my exams right now, talk about timing. *sheesh* On top of that, I was sleeping (hugging Buddha's foot, as usual) when my incumbent MP was doing the usual round of house visits.

But nonetheless, what you said is true - it should be a concerted effort to show that we mean business! Else they'll probably just give vague/noncommittal promises that disappear like a puff of smoke after the GE.

5/5/06 10:50 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think as Calsifer said, we have to let the authorities know we WANT cats around and we don't want them killed. If not, they may think they're doing a good job doing what they are doing.

Auntie P, how about letting your TC know how you feel about the poster?

5/5/06 11:09 AM  
Blogger auntie p said...

Dawn, so far, my area's community cats are well managed (by various nice ppl, and *touchwood!*), so we haven't been in the TC's radar, and I don't wish to attract unwanted focus on the cats. I can check if I can contact this nice man at the TC whom I'd dealt with previously, but what am I suppose to tell him? Like I said, the cats aren't an issue so far, so it's not like I have fair ground to complain leh.

5/5/06 11:38 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I think we need to continuing de-condition the attitude of the town councils, MPs, RCs, HDB officials, that cats are not by default "nuisance". As Dawn said, we need to voice out that we want cats around..period. Otherwise "they" continue to work on their own assumption.
We need to debunk myth like "cats are noisy, cats shed hair and cats are dirty" and we also need to reiterate that we will not accept sweeping statement that "majority of residents do not like cats" thereby "case closed!"

5/5/06 12:24 PM  
Anonymous or could that just be good friendly advice? said...

This is going to be a difficult argument to make to a bunch of cat lovers, but you might already know that some people do have a problem with cats, some are very scared of them, some think of them as bad luck, some are allergic to them, and some are just nervous around any non-humans, and some even among any other humans. Yes, it is their problem if they have unreasonable phobias (or allergies?), but as it stands, it appears the law might be on their side? I've worked at a place where some employee complained to the authorities about a stray animal roaming too close to the offices and tried to have it "removed."

I don't know the details of these laws in Singapore, but it seems like the law is that there are to be no stray animals (cats or dogs, or pigs, or cows, or goats, or elephants, or camels, or buffaloes, all of which you can find freely roaming around and fed happily by numerous god-fearing animal lovers in some other parts of Asia - India even has a temple devoted to rats) around and no cats in the HDB - and most of the time, the law turns a blind eye to violations. So for the good of the cats, it might well be worthwhile taking that friendly request from the TC as good advice, and trying to do what one can to prevent cats from loitering too close to the booths - take them for a long walk? show them around Sentosa? or a ferry ride to Batam for the day? or declare that day "feminist feline" and have a massive trapping program to emancipate (from feline reproductive obligations) on a wholesale basis.

Note that if someone complains that they could not vote because a cat got too near, some election officer and that cat will for sure be in trouble, and one of the two may get away with a reprimand and the other might lose his/her life. The problem is really the law, not the over-eager enforcers of the law - if anything, it seems like the law is generally being administered with a light hand. If the CWS's efforts were diverted more towards changing the laws (not that it is not doing a lot already towards that, but it is always a matter of time and effort allocation too), rather than fighting each individual case (each of which typically arose because of the problematic laws in the first place - the "cull at first sight" law and the "no co-habitation of felines and fraulines in Government-assisted housing" law), there might be much faster progress towards the goal of giving our furry friends (of all species) a more stress-free island-living lifestyle.

That would be the day - when one can step out of Centerpoint, get blessed by an elephant's trunk, and ride a camel to Plaza Singapura, feed the stray pigs in the atrium there bits of choice bacon (are pigs vegetarian though? we don't want a mad pigs syndrome), and throw bits of french fries to the monkeys begging and threatening for food, ending with a horse cart ride to Little India for dinner.

Wishing a peaceful and prosperous election and future for all the cats - the fat cats and the fraidycats.

5/5/06 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Could that be just friendly advice, there is no law that says cats are not allowed. In fact the laws that ARE available protect animals from ill treatment and abuse. The rule about allowing cats into flats is just that - a tenancy bylaw that the HDB as a landlord can enforce. There is nothing in the statute books that says cats are not allowed, or are not allowed to roam.

As such, the whole issue right now is that people are just trying to 'prevent trouble' because they think that the majority of people do not like cats, which I do not think is the case at all.

If someone does tell you that something is against the law (and I often get told that), then ask them to show you the law. The law is often used an excuse to club people over the head with something when in reality no such laws exist.

5/5/06 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a poster at a lift lobby at Jurong West Street 74. It really says : Do not feed stray CATS. It is also inside the glass-covered notice board. I will try to snap a photo of it and post here. DAMN!!

8/5/06 1:32 AM  

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