Tuesday, September 12, 2006

HDB rules

Someone wrote in to complain that her neighbour is feeding cats in the corridor and that the cats are running into her house. She asked how many cats are allowed in the flat. She said she wanted to know whether they can keep cats inside the flat instead of letting them wander about. She sent the complaint to the town council, who then sent it on to HDB and ourselves. The town council said that they have also spoken to the neighbour who feeds outside.

Now here's the problem, the HDB has now written to the woman to say that cats are not allowed in flats. The woman would prefer they NOT have cats running around into her house, which is perfectly understandable. If the HDB steps in and issues the resident with a letter saying she cannot keep the cats, where do you think the cats are going to all end up? That's right - the corridor. So how does this solve the problem?

Still no reply from HDB to our last request for a meeting by the way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is HDB so adamant on sticking to the decade old rule of not allowing cats in the flat...i think as long as cat owners are responsibile, they should be allow to have cats in THEIR OWN house.and there are always laws to penalise the irresponsible ones.....there is just no political will at the top to do it..and the sad part is it can be done...

12/9/06 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well the thg is this... i think there ARE a lot of responsible cat owners who DO keep cats in their HDB flats.

the neighbours are none the wiser cos the cats are kept strictly indoors and the place is kept clean. and if the neighbours don't complain, the TCs and HDB won't know. so that is the way "around" the rule, so to speak. be a good and responsible cat owner!

12/9/06 2:32 PM  
Blogger Wei said...

HDB hv always disapprove of the cats in flats, the cat welfare team had been dealing with them for a long time.
sigh,.. duno why HDB is jus so anal about passing the rules to allow it officially

12/9/06 2:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Unless you happen to live next to someone who doesn't like you, or who is picky because your cats might somehow transmit germs to them through the walls, or because they think the cats downstairs are yours - in other words, you might be a very good owner and still get blamed.

So why not get rid of the rule altogether - especially because there are so many responsible owners as you said - and fine only those irresponsible owners who are making a nuisance and which all of us agree should be made responsible?

12/9/06 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think HDB is just afraid that if they "give in" to the request, they willl make themselves feel stupid about the U-change in policy, esp when it is the public that pointed it out..but things will be different if a minister pointed it out;)
And seriously, i think that even an MP raises the issue during parliament, we will still get the same rehearsed reason from the minister in charge.

12/9/06 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no doubt, Dawn, that the day HDB gets rid of their ridiculous ruling will be the day we finally move into the age of enlightenment.

in the meantime, however, i guess those of us who really want to help by giving a home to the homeless (felines) have to do it discreetly.

actually, nowadays, when main doors are shut most of the time and families keep to themselves, i don't think your neighbour would even know u have cats. i have a nodding acquaintence with my immediate neighbours and, unless i am very much mistaken, i don't think they know abt my cats!

12/9/06 3:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Good Anonymous - best to keep it that way! :)

12/9/06 5:45 PM  
Anonymous chocolatenigma said...

some ppl in this world is jus simply "animal-detesters"... one moment they see a little one taking a stroll/nap.. there they go again... 'hello.. TC huh.. got dirty cats ard my area.....*(^#&%^#%@'

wont they ever understand that these little ones are part of everyone's life...

12/9/06 10:30 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

my tom has been living 'quietly' in an HDB with me for more than 3 years. he's sterilised and being an in-house cat, does not wander far when door's left opened. I don't understand why HDB wouldn't relax the 'no cats in HDB'rule, i still fear some officer will come and grab my cat one day, the felines don't poise a religious offense to Malay residents like the dogs do, so what even if they wander into neighbours'unit? moreover, I only hear the constant yelping of lap-dogs contributing to animal-noise pollution in HDB!

13/9/06 11:42 AM  
Anonymous eslina said...

My cat Ocean has been living in my HDB flat for 3 years now & I don't think any of my neighbours know that I have a cat.

I still can't understand why people can live with dogs barking but find cats' existence a nuisance.

20/9/06 4:22 PM  

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