Wednesday, June 06, 2007

No Wrong Door Policy

I was reading the forum page this morning and came across an interesting letter about how someone who called one of the statutory boards should not have been told to call another, even though it was under the jurisdiction of a different agency. Apparently there is something called the "No-Wrong Door" Policy. It appears there is something known as a Zero-In-Process panel as well that looks into inter-agency bureaucracy. On further Googling, I found that there is are PS21 sub-committees to look into this as well, including having a government without boundaries.

This may be a good avenue to ask all the different branches to come together to work on the community cat situation, rather than having each agency or organisation working on only their part.

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Anonymous Saltwetfish said...

Hi Dawn,

I totally agree with you. If your group decides to get a show of force, I will definitely show up (assuming...err...I not held up somewhere lah). And if you want people to sign letter of appeal, I will definite sign it!

6/6/07 11:38 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Just tossing ideas up - this may be a good way to get that inter-agency meetup I was suggesting to Dr Teo a while ago. There used to be an inter-agency committee many years ago but only three TCs took part I believe.

6/6/07 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why "door" (implies it could be SHUT) in the first place, just say "The buck stops here".

6/6/07 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a great suggestion,which i hope CWS can ask e HDB,to amend their unfair cat policy.That is why not make it lawful to keep cats in e flat by making cat owners pay a liciense(just like having a dog)for each cat.But e fees could be double that of a dog(given e prejudice of cats face by most people).And e maximum cat is 4cats,all which must be sterilised and microchipped.And i don't mind paying more liciense fees for my cats as along as i can keep them happiliy,without fear of some nasty neighbours complaining.Pls Cws,Spca,email Ms Grace fu,to ask her to allow cats to be kept in flats,as long as they r licience and sterilised.The more people petition for this,the better....

6/6/07 2:24 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

ahh, now that ur bringing up the issue of $$$ ... maybe our world-class govt and their HDB will reconsider & kindly oblige ................. now ur talking ...

6/6/07 3:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - our proposal is to allow cats to be kept subject to the cats being sterilised, microchipped, kept indoors at all times and with a maximum of three cats (with a compassionate period for those people with existing cats to allow their present cats to die out).

We have not suggested a license because cats aren't actually licensed anywhere in the world. Dogs are licensed basically because of rabies. Note all other animals aren't licensed in Singapore either.

I don't think just having a license would necessarily mean that people wouldn't complain - people should be allowed to keep whatever they want, as long as they do not cause a nuisance, license or not.

6/6/07 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep your cat sterilisation certificate for THE day sterilised cats are allowed in hdb flats....hahaha, even Berlin wall fell right?...or how to prove your cat is sterilised ??

6/6/07 4:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes a good idea to always keep the certificate.

By the way, both SPCA and CWS have been writing to the different ministries and the HDB for many years. However one thing we were told by the HDB is that residents themselves did not request to keep cats. So it's a good idea for people like you Anonymous to write in and say you'd like to keep cats.

One of the main things HDB says is that cats are 'nomadic' and allowed to wander. It's very important to thus ensure that cats are kept in at ALL times.

6/6/07 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe that PS21 subcommittee looks at social and hr issues. then it'll just throw back stray cat issues to MND, NEA. it'll be abck to square one. the subcomm is not particularly useful.

6/6/07 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to add on, PS21 will probably tell u that they don't do policies. especially HDB policies.

6/6/07 5:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually we just want to know if they can get the different departments to work together on this. We might give MND another shot though.

6/6/07 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's start writing in and spread word. Do give full name, address and telephone number.

2. MAH BOW TAN
Job Title : MINISTER - MINISTER
DID : 63257111
Email: MAH_BOW_TAN@MND.GOV.SG
Unit: MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MND)

Organisation: MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MND)
Description: VISION

6/6/07 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh i forgot about the steri certs... not all vets issued that right? I forgot to request from some who did not give at all

7/6/07 12:46 PM  
Anonymous cat talk said...

Mr Tan probably throw letter aside as one of the unresolved case, perhaps too complicated for him.
Cats will always be allowed into the HDB because it's acceptance is based on unconditional love, not
prohibition. But fighting for their rights to be humans companion must go on if we wish to see a social revolution in support of more than humane treatment for animals.

7/6/07 12:55 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - well your vet may be able to certify it if its in their records. No need to worry about it right now.

7/6/07 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a report on ST on "No Wrong Door Policy" yesterday. During your meeting with Dr Teo last month, I remember him saying that he is supportive of the idea of HDB changing their rules in order to stem the abandonment problem but that CWS to pursue the issue with HDB without mentioning his name.

With this timely ST report on "No Wrong Door Policy", is it possible to now re-visit the issue with Dr Teo?

11/6/07 9:45 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually Anonymous Dr Teo did not say that he was supportive of the rule change. He said that it was our agenda and not theirs.

We are looking at the No Wrong Door Policy though to see if it might be helpful.

11/6/07 9:55 AM  

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