Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ST (30-5-07)

Here's a letter in Today's Online Straits Times about the whole Zero Stray policy :-

Let's hope town councils do not start a 'holocaust of cats'.

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Anonymous cat talk said...

In the last election, I voted on behalf of the animals.
Not surprising, many caregivers did the same as they believe government has failed in its duty to pay any serious attention to the stray cats and dogs population.

Dr Tan has written a brilliant letter, if only a tiny fraction of the cabinet ministers could relate to his wisdom and kindness.

30/5/07 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Yes, put a monkey in the opposition, I will still vote for opposition.

30/5/07 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I know, community cats at the opposition wards ain't better, they are facing the same humans' threat as their peers at pap. Therefore, the most sensible thing to do is to VOID the vote lor.

30/5/07 11:35 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I don't believe this is a matter of government 'policy' - I think it actually does boil down to individual people who may have an issue with what they perceive to be are cats causing a nuisance. There are officers and people in the TC who are quite supportive of the programme.

Having said that I was pleasantly surprised once when Potong Pasir TC caught an ear tipped cat and put posters up (as someone walking by told me) to try and find out whom the caregiver was. I understood they called AVA to ask for their help too. In the end, the caregiver never came forward so that cat was released back into another area within the estate.

30/5/07 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no leh, Mr Chiam of Potong Pasir did once put-up a 'nasty' notice about nuisance caused by stray cats & disallowed feeding etc

30/5/07 11:57 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Really? I heard from the officer than I spoke to that Mr Chiam was actually quite concerned that the cat be returned to the rightful caregiver. Perhaps if you do live there and see a notice like that again, you can bring it up to your TC.

30/5/07 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Vegancat, I remember you have a copy of that Notice by Mr Chiam. You may wish to forward it to Dawn, if you are still having it. :) Thanks.

30/5/07 12:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Anonymous and Vegancat - was this very recent?

30/5/07 1:11 PM  
Blogger budak said...

There seems to be something in the social (or is it sociopolitical) environment in Singapore that breeds a mentality obsessed with practicality (to the point of short-sightedness and an inability to see beyond immediate and usually monetary consequences); self-centredness to the extent that give-and-take (much less a sense of civic mindedness) is nigh impossible; and an obsession with the need to see superficial tidiness and order at the expense of random elements and the freedom/creativity that is possible only with unmanaged space and time. YouTube for instance came about from the simple desire of its creators to share dinner party videos rather than some grand notion of conceiving the next big money-spinning technology. Flickr was born from a desire for fun photosharing between chatroom users (see and

Though this kind of thinking is surely not endemic to Singapore, it's interesting that elsewhere, a host of imaginative and fertile creations have emerged from the love and affection of cat owners for their animals, which these individuals have channelled into online vehicles that draw millions worldwide and the further creative contributions of readers. Some even (just imagine that!) make a little money from this passion with books based on their venture. Profits aside, it's incredible how a simple liking for felines (a feeling so often dismissed as a frivolous pursuit or at worse condemned and outlawed by both officials and ordinary people in Singapore) can spawn international communities of common joy and a truer sense of engagement with one's community and beyond than all the efforts of ministerial campaigns and meaningless PR mantras.

Here's Slate's take on the LOLCats phenomenon:

Other additive cat sites (besides the legion of blogs by cats and their human pets):

30/5/07 1:23 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Mr Chiam See Tong wrote about "cat and dog nuisance"

30/5/07 1:33 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

I totally agree with Budak that I have a very bad feeling of the lack of feelings amongst the MPs. They all are conditioned to be very practical that any matter that carries no "economic" or "political" values are of no importance and need not be attended to with great seriousness. Even when a dozen of met an MP who then said he would get "cat parties" going to educate irresponsible cat owners..have not acted on it. Perhaps he hope we would just forget about what he said with time but we WILL not forget the lack of sincerity of this MP.

30/5/07 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“The prime fact is that all humans are puffed up by their extreme self-satisfaction with their own brute power. Unless some creature more powerful than people arrives on earth to bully them, there’s just no knowing to what dire lengths their fool presumptiousness will eventually carry them.”

Natsume Soseki, I am a Cat, 1905

30/5/07 1:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Budak - that was a really interesting read! Thanks!

It's sad, it sounds as if we have lost the ability to just have fun. To be creative, you need a bit of chaos sometimes and for things to not always be tidy.

Vegancat - thanks. Any idea if the poster is still up? Sounds as if it might be about home cats too!

30/5/07 2:25 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Poster was down in my recent trip there a few weeks ago.

30/5/07 3:25 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

If we video-interview ordinary people on the streets and ask them how they feel about killing cats and "No Cats" policy and then post them on youtube, would it make an impact?

30/5/07 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh gosh what a rude & annoying low IQ & EQ letter frm chiam!! im so disgusted with him.

30/5/07 7:01 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

i think its an ok letter ... 'cat & dog lovers (owners),pls supervise & train them well' -- is very aptly put ...

unlike the ruling party who always goes to assume that cats/dogs are untrainable ... or that the citizens cannot be trusted to train their pets properly ...

30/5/07 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Mr Chiam's letter is right. If you want to keep pets, please be responsible. Dont let them peep and poop everywhere.

For those who cannot understand well let's use this example. Your neighbour bring their son out for a walk, (as in human son) he says he needs to relive himself. So they tell him, nevermind just do it at the stair well or near your potted plants. Result? A pile of poop and peep.... disgusting right??

Same applies for animals. If you let your pet do their business everywhere, then u are not being responsible.

And frankly Mr Chiam's letter is nothing compared to a certain TC's professionally done posters that say "SAY NO TO STRAYS!"

1/6/07 11:57 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Anonymous I actually think he was referring to home pets too.

1/6/07 12:51 PM  

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