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.