Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Caregiver meeting with the MP

Unfortunately it seems as if the meeting with the MP in this case did not go well. The caregiver saw the complainant at the same session. The MP did tell the caregiver that sterilised cats were not to be removed and he looked taken aback to find out that all the cats there WERE sterilised.

According to the caregiver, the MP did not seem to really be listening to their concerns on the complainant's behaviour. She said there was a big crowd to see him and he seemed pressed for time. All he said was that he would get someone to counsel the RC member. The caregiver also raised the issue of the road tax and season parking to him. The MP just commented that you only need road tax when you drive into Malaysia and that there is no need for a season parking disc either. It's interesting that what the MP said directly contradicted what the official policy is. Are there different rules then for different people? Or can everyone who drives not have a road tax or season parking label?

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we did experience such similar situation when we went to talk to our MP with regards to our community cats. The MP paid little attention to what we are saying. And we waited nearly 2 hours after the appointed time and we just managed to speak with him for 5 mins. The impression we got was that our topic (community cats) was of lesser priority compared to 'door-to-door hand shaking' session and complaint about littering and no shelter from block to block.
Joanne

17/7/07 10:41 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The strange thing is that the caregivers were speaking about the RC member's behaviour too and the MP didn't seem particularly interested. That's worrying - if RC members are abusive/rude, and the MP isn't interested, then what recourse is there for residents? And I would argue that this isn't related to just 'cat' related issues too - a bully is just a bully.

17/7/07 10:56 AM  
Blogger EJ. said...

***Sigh***
wish they could give more time and attention to caregivers and community cats issue.Afterall, some cats' lives are at stake.

17/7/07 10:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

ej - yes I agree but I think it's even more worrying that the MP just brushed aside the RC member's behaviour.

17/7/07 11:01 AM  
Blogger EJ. said...

It is unbelievable that such a BULLY existed in Singapore, and worst of all, a RC member.
Maybe the MP is just trying to be diplomatic to the situation.
I would be alarmed if such 'bully' behavior is going on under my charge.

17/7/07 11:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I hope so too but the caregiver felt that the MP didn't want to hear details. When they tried to go into details, he brushed them aside and said there was no need to mention it.

17/7/07 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps,e caregiver can email our
Prime minister abt this MP's attitude?No wonder that Rc guy behave that way,because he knows e MP is not such a kind man.

17/7/07 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

like everybody else, an MP responds to an issue according to his personal set of beliefs and prejudices. if an MP does not like cats, he will not respond kindly to cat-related issues. i mean, just contrast his lackadaisal attitude with the MPs who have responded quickly and positively to stray issues in the past.

be that as it may, i think it is good that the residents in this area are now aware of this MP's stand on the issue...

17/7/07 1:18 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

the MPs are extremely busy at meet-the-people-sessions ...

i learnt this a long time ago ...

went to see my MP regarding something (nothing to do with cats) and also waited 2 hours after my appointed time and saw him for only 5 minutes ...

get the MPs email address & write to him would be better ... explain & describe everything in writing ... u can take your time to write & he can take his time to read ... but press him for a reply ...

17/7/07 1:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous - again I think the issue that they brought up was two-fold. One a cat issue. Two, the RC member's behaviour. Even if he thought the cat issue wasn't important (and he did say sterilised cats should NOT be caught), I am surprised he was not more perturbed by the RC member's behaviour.

17/7/07 3:47 PM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

I can tell you that writing in might get garner much of a response either.

I've written in and went to the Meet-the-People Sessions (for a non-cat related problem), but up till date (after 9 months) nothing has been done to rectify the problem.

17/7/07 4:21 PM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Sorry, I meant might NOT garner much of a reponse.

17/7/07 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it may hv been a case of "oh cat problem again" - switch off. so MP didn't really see the RC member's behaviour as a problem in itself. which it is.

17/7/07 4:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous that's possible. Though maybe it also depends on the MP. Perhaps some MPs are better at solving problems than others as it seems some of the others on this thread have had similar problems with non cat related issues.

17/7/07 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say write a letter cc it to the PM's office and any high level govt places. Dont forget to write to Forum page in Straits times too. Dont talk about the cat problem as many people will auto switch off, instead write about how RC member was abusive but during Meet MP session, MP couldnt be bothered. Dont need to name which MP just say that a MP behaved in that way. Write it in a calm and educated manner saying how you are disturbed that an MP can just brush aside bullying by and RC member, are RC members more privelegded? I can assure you there will be a response as the PM's office takes abuse of power very seriously.

17/7/07 5:19 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

Write to PMO and state the minister's name, date and time of meeting. The brushing off on the road tax tag and season parking tag is wrong information and serves only to shelter the miscreants and abusers. There cannot be one set of laws for RC members and another set for the masses.
Complainants and caregivers are all tax payers so to discriminate against the caregiver is wrong.

17/7/07 8:12 PM  
Anonymous meow said...

May I know who is this MP? That I don't have to display my roadtax unless I go to Malaysia? If the rude RC member is good enough for him, so be it but definitely not acceptable by me. I give my vote of no confidence. My standard is higher than PAP.

17/7/07 9:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

meow - will leave it to the caregiver to let her decide if she wants to mention it. I know she does read the blog from time to time.

17/7/07 10:20 PM  

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