Friday, August 24, 2007

Grooming


Grooming
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I saw this cat after a meeting with caregivers and the TC this morning. There were a few things the caregivers were concerned about. Firstly, sterilised cats were caught without first informing the caregivers about the problem and secondly, the wrong cat was caught!

What the officer said was that the complainant had claimed the cat had scratched his car, and the officer had asked the caregivers to remove the cats. The resident pointed out to them that this wouldn't solve the problem - if there really was a cat scratching the car, then which cat? And how about checking the car to see if the cat had really scratched it?

They caught the wrong cat too as the cat that they had caught does not stay at the block where the complaint occurred.

The Deputy GM pointed out that at the meeting of the town councils, which we had both attended, Dr Teo had said the official policy was not to 'allow' cats in estates. They pointed again to the HDB rule. I mentioned that the HDB rule is about cats IN flats - not cats in the estate. I asked if say someone's pipe was to burst, whether the TC would go into the flat to fix it - they said they would not. I pointed out that this is the same scenario. In addition, cats are IN the estates, this is not about allowing or disallowing them - there are cats, there were always cats and there always WILL be cats.

The Deputy GM said that despite the official policy, they would work unofficially with the caregivers. One of the caregivers made a very good point - he said that if a policy is bad, it ought to be changed. The Deputy GM said that it was up to CWS to try and change the policy. I said that the problem is that, while I do understand the TC's constraints, if every TC does not speak up (and I really do understand how difficult it is for them to do so), then it seems as if the TCs are supportive of the 'no-stray' rule. This makes it very difficult to then change the policy as a result.

One of the caregivers asked if this meant they would be rounding cats up and killing them, and the Deputy GM assured her they would not. I was very glad that this feeder turned up. I know it must have been difficult for her and I thanked her for showing up.

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7 Comments:

Blogger calsifer said...

"The Deputy GM said that despite the official policy, they would work unofficially with the caregivers. One of the caregivers made a very good point - he said that if a policy is bad, it ought to be changed. The Deputy GM said that it was up to CWS to try and change the policy. I said that the problem is that, while I do understand the TC's constraints, if every TC does not speak up (and I really do understand how difficult it is for them to do so), then it seems as if the TCs are supportive of the 'no-stray' rule. This makes it very difficult to then change the policy as a result."

Good point, Dawn! If it's worth doing unofficially, surely the official stance is incorrect. Wonder how to get TC to do their part and speak up.

24/8/07 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully in the long run with the positive results from TNRM, TC are more willing to speak up. At least they can prove that their unofficial support has been fruitful.

24/8/07 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Fed up with these sloppy civil servants said...

Do these TC officers understand enough English to comprehend the disclaimers on the HDB season parking coupon? Why are the words of a complainants as powerful as the ten commandments???

When are these silly TC going to wake up their bloody idea and do their jobs with some degree of professionalism!?

24/8/07 1:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - the thing is that one of the TCs did actually mention that the programme had its successes and failures but that they thought they wanted to continue, presumably because they thought it was working fairly well. The problem is that Dr Teo said it was too short to be a pilot project - when it wasn't a pilot project at all, and had already been running for 6 months at the time.

That's the other thing - one of the residents asked why her 'complaint' was less valid then the other complainant.

24/8/07 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singapore has progressed much lately, from ' no cat in HDB flat since 1969' to now ' no cats in estate ' and in future it will be ' no cats in Singapore '.

25/8/07 12:28 AM  
Anonymous no patience said...

What can Dr Teo do apart from complaining himself? Get off his high chair and help CWS succeed in the programme thru funding and etc.
History will prove CWS on the rigfht course but faces moronic obstacles.

25/8/07 12:31 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous that's a very astute observation.

25/8/07 3:41 AM  

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