Tuesday, August 07, 2007

I don't know what happens to the cats

I just spoke with the caregiver who went to see her RC chairperson last night. Apparently after meeting the MP, they had been trying to get the RC member who is a complainant to drop the case, but the chairperson was unsure what the status is.

The caregiver asked if the whole case could be dropped in that case, but the chairperson said they need to determine if the cats are causing a nuisance. The caregiver then took out the petition and the survey results. 132 households signed the petition - even more had responded in the survey to say they had no issue with the cats being there.

The Chairperson looked surprised but then asked how the cats are to be removed. The caregiver said they did not plan to remove the cats and pointed out the residents did not want them removed either. She pointed out that the complainant had had cats removed several times in the past already and was still asking for the cats to be taken away. According to the caregiver, the chairperson looked blank.

The chairperson finally asked that a copy of the survey and petition be dropped off so she could discuss it with the RC. The caregiver pointed out that far more people had responded than in her RC poll, and even then the RC members had been misinformed. The RC Chairperson then said she would speak with the Secretariat, which is part of the PA apparently to determine what to do.

The caregiver pointed out that residents did not want the cats taken away and killed and the chairperson said they did not know what happened to the cats after they were taken away. The caregiver pointed out that another RC member had clarified this point with her and that she did know now, to which she had no response apparently.

I have to say that I think willful ignorance should not be an excuse. After all, an RC should be well informed - pretending they do not know, or failing to find out seems to go against the grain of what an RC member should do. Saying I don't know is not good enough - certainly they should try and find out and not bury their heads in the sand?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say get a petition to get this inefficient RC chairperson AND the RC complainant to step down! They do not deserve the fringe benefits of being RC members for being such ignorant asses!

7/8/07 9:59 AM  
Blogger ck said...

What's worse is that this RC chairperson choose not to know what happens to the cats if they're taken away. As Dawn said, willful ignorance is not an excuse, especially coming from a person who is supposed to be the voice of the community that he/she is representing. I say a visit to the AVA for the whole RC would be a good start to get the message through their thick skulls!!

7/8/07 1:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

ck - one of the RC members took it upon himself to tell the chairperson that the cats would be killed at the AVA. In fact the idea was that they voted for removal only if the cats were to be adopted.

I think a trip to the AVA would be a good idea :)

7/8/07 1:42 PM  
Blogger eslina said...

"In fact the idea was that they voted for removal only if the cats were to be adopted."

So if the cats don't get adopted, they want the cats removed after they know that removal means being killed?? Just goes to show the kind of people our RC chairperson and RC members we have among us... Where's the compassion??

7/8/07 5:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I don't think that option was put to them. I got the impression that if the cats were to be removed for other reasons that the majority of the RC would be against the removal.

7/8/07 5:23 PM  
Blogger eslina said...

"The RC Chairperson then said she would speak with the Secretariat, which is part of the PA apparently to determine what to do."

Hope this is not just a delay tactic. It's amazing that after all the survey and petitions done, she still don't know what to do. Did it ever occur to her to get the RC complainant to step down? What kind of a RC chairperson is this??

7/8/07 5:24 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

She said she had spoken with the complainant according to the caregiver. However she did not know what the status of the situation was.

7/8/07 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the caregiver must document the flow of events to show that RC chairpersons need to upgrade themself on the ethics of serving the community in fairness and without leaning towards RC members or towards his or her own bias. The evidence of such behaviour (including that in Yishun) should be made known to the highest authority in charge of RC so that a perhaps a set of code of conduct be formulated to prevent such injustice.
I truly raised up my hat to the caregiver for his or her perseverance and patience.
Please do not give up and seek justice! It may be benchmark for caregivers in other estate with similar A**H** RC!

7/8/07 6:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I believe she is doing that and she has gone through all the different channels - the PA oversees the RCs and she has spoken with them too at the MP's recommendation.

She has been working very hard for the cats as have the other caregivers helping her. Kudos to them.

7/8/07 6:48 PM  

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