Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Complaint made about CWS and myself to Charities Unit


Complaint made about CWS to Charities Unit
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I just went to pick up the mail and found a letter to Michelle from the Charities Unit. Michelle immediately called them about the complaint that you can see above. Both of us thought of the same person whom we suspect is behind the complaint.

First of all, if we're not helping with subsidies of sterilisation and setting up caregiver groups, I'm not sure what we do. We don't help with provision of subsidies for food - we have never said that we do, because our work is to promote sterilisation, not feeding on its own. As for mediations, I think that it's quite clear that we do often help out with that.

Secondly, I'm not sure when these so-called donations were solicited. Michelle has asked for the details, and the woman said she would send them via email. Michelle said the woman sounded a little disinterested (hopefully because she doesn't put much credence into the complaints too).

As for the blog, this is a personal blog in that it is under my name, but it is all about my work. The committee is aware of the blog and has been since before I started it, and know that I use it to blog about issues relating to CWS. Whether I use it to promote myself I leave you to decide.

Off to go process some of those subsidies that we don't give out :)

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34 Comments:

Blogger budak said...

What kind of back-up can he/she give to support the claims?

This is hardly a 'personal' blog. Virtually every post is about cat welfare, the very point of CWS.

The things people do out of petty spite.

4/9/07 4:37 PM  
Blogger EJ. said...

Silly accusations.
Dawn, this blog is an open book showing transpancy about the good work of you with CWS,the daily struggles,obstacles,joys,sadness,
challenges...
And I got to learn alot about cat welfare from you and all who response to the topics.
Don't let this discourage you,Michelle,CWS and all readers.

4/9/07 4:52 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Isn't it frustrating when people assume what they are thinking, saying is the truth and they do not bother to investigate the facts 1st hand themselves. Dawn, you and CWS volunteers have done much for our felines and definitely, all of you need much better than such groundless accusation.

4/9/07 4:55 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks ej and budak - Michelle has asked for details. As you can see, the letter doesn't mention those, so we'd like to know what back up there is as well.

4/9/07 4:55 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Isn't it frustrating when people assume what they are thinking, saying is the truth and they do not bother to investigate the facts 1st hand themselves. Dawn, you and CWS volunteers have done much for our felines and definitely, all of you DESERVE much better than such groundless accusation.

4/9/07 4:58 PM  
Anonymous imp said...

the person who complained doesn't seem to be able to read even. goodness. obviously she doesn't get what your blog is about.

and if this is the sort of info MCYS is passing on to you, without evidence, proof, support of 'accusations', etc, it's fairly obvious this is a For Your Info letter and they're not particularly interested in investigating the 'complaints' with no substance backing it up.

MCYS prob receives thousands of these letters complaining about all sorts of agencies/charities and indviduals.

doh! boo to the person who complained and couldn't even put together an intelligent letter or substantiate the claims.

4/9/07 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

For crying out loud! Don't the complainant realised you getting a very low salary? The sacrifices you made quitting your high income four-figure lawyer salary for a meagre allowance of less than $1,000 per month, was it $700 per month, I can't recall, as operations director of CWS. Compare your salary to T.T. Durai, former CEO of National Kidney Foundation, your salary is really "peanuts".

4/9/07 5:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

For the record, it's $1500 now - but yes it's a lot less than what I used to make when I quit to join CWS several years ago.

4/9/07 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world cannot go round without such a**h***.
Those of us who really know cws are very grateful for its existence and the dedication of Dawn who works far harder than many of us and getting a miserly pay.
Don't let the complainant get away. It is seditious!!
The cats will all suffer if CWS vanish!

4/9/07 5:58 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

There are losers out there making empty accusations and may they be caught and be made answerable.

Revenge. Someone trying to take revenge on Dawn. Her blog is by far the best around to keep us aware of current issues relating to cats.

My advice to this *#XZ@#XX, God knows what you are up to. You can't hide from your evil intentions. Shame of you.

I am 300% behind Dawn, Michelle, CWS and the blog.

4/9/07 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect the a**h** is this one

4/9/07 6:36 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I really don't know whom it is who complained (though our committee is guessing and we all independently came to the same conclusion). Perhaps the charities unit might let us know.

I certainly don't have a problem with the charities unit looking into allegations - that's what they're there for after all. I do hope though that they will actually look into the allegation and let us know what evidence the letter was sent on. Right now it seems to just be allegations and we don't see any basis for them being made.

And thanks to all you for your kind words and encouragement!

4/9/07 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi dawn,
hope the society & more imptly, you, don't feel disheartened by that "complaint".
& i certainly hope the authorities will have the brain cells to investigate the claims made in the letter!
hmm ... was wondering if you can counter this by suing the dumb ass for slander!!??
in any case, keep up the good work & am sure there're loads of ppl behind you & the society.
cheers,
sharon

ps: were you at any chance having lunch at J8's B1 chinese eatery last sat aftn? think i saw you with 2 other friends but did not have my specs on so wasnt too sure.

4/9/07 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the blog and you read over and over again abt mediation between residents/TCs, residents/residents. Meetings and TNRM activities are arranged for each area's care-givers and sterilisation subsidies are given out all the time - just send in yr claim forms. In fact, there will be a Spay Day in October.

Donations were said to be made in a "pressing" manner. Heehee... that is so true, if you "press" or click the right buttons at AXS stations, you can donate to cws or many other charities too.

If you want to "promote" something, you got to show the product. I cannot find a photo of Dawn after 10 mins of scrolling down this blog. If Dawn is "promoting" herself, she is doing a pretty bad job of it.

4/9/07 6:59 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Dear Dawn and the rest of the committe member of CWS, CWS is the best thing that has happened in the welfare of the community cats here.
This blog has created the awareness of what's happening behind the scene that otherwise we will never get to see.
Even just helping the cats in my neighbourhood is exhausting and often at the verge of giving up but yet CWS, esp. Dawn wagers on, meeting lots of difficult people and always remaining sensible and cool.
Please carry on this excellent society because the cats and all the "sensible" caregivers need you all!

4/9/07 7:13 PM  
Anonymous no patience said...

The accuser is an ignorant fool with a wicked heart. Dawn doesn't need to use blog to promote herself, in fact her heart is with the community cats and we all know that. She turned down TV appearances, turned down high paying jobs, and focussed on promoting welfare for the community cats.

Amazing woman, a legend in the making.

4/9/07 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous of 6.36pm, The person you suspected - he emailed me and cc an email to Mr Teo Ser Luck, MCYS on 28 August asking Mr Teo to "take action on this particular volunteer" referring to the volunteer who was to drive his cat (FOC) for sterilisation (FOC). I have responded to say that we are helping with the sterilisation in our personal capacity. Adoption volunteer.

4/9/07 8:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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4/9/07 8:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sharon - yes it is quite possible that there is an action in defamation. We would need to see what was said exactly to the Charities Unit, but I doubt the Charities Unit would deviate far from the actual complaint. And yes good eye even without the glasses.

Thanks Vegancatsg, no patience and the rest of you who have written such nice things, that they really made me blush. It's really you guys who put in all the hard work and care for the cats every day whom *I* admire.

The funny thing is - Michelle was actually commenting the other day that one morning I had not blogged for a while, and the comm were all wondering where I had gone to! The blog is about transparency and what I actually do all day - more than once I've received a call from one of you readers who have apologised for interrupting because I was at a meeting/mediation because they read about it on my blog!

4/9/07 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dawn and all you other wonderful people of CWS and affiliates and volunteers,

you guys are the BEST thing that ever happened. Please ignore idiots like this (I wonder if he revealed his identity? If not the Charities Unit should just trash it instead of wasting resources pursuing it). You and all the others have my support if this stupid thing goes further.

Mat

4/9/07 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Positive feedback to Charities Unit about cws can be sent to email addresses here
Charities Unit

4/9/07 10:47 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You guys are the best :) You've cheered me up and the rest of the committee is really touched that you guys have been so supportive too!

4/9/07 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

HAHAHAHA...Allegations are outrageously atrocious!Anyway,most of the facts about CWS are already mentioned from fellow 'comrades' here

Its really interesting to see the extent people go to just to vent their frustration or even out of spite.

I hope the CWS can just carry on their usual routine.(That complaint is junk mail anyway)

5/9/07 12:22 AM  
Blogger Barffie said...

Unfounded allegations, that's all that is! This is definitely the best blog so far that covers the situation out there, all over the island. It is timely, honest and still manages to remain fair and unbiased.

Dawn, we are all behind you!

5/9/07 12:43 AM  
Blogger calsifer said...

The closest to personal content this blog comes to is when Dawn
- announces she will be away
- going out for a while
- uploads a picture of things she sees while outside or away from the country

... but wait, even all these updates are related to cats, tnrm, cws work in some form or other.

We don't even get to see what Dawn wears, how she looks or what she ate from day to day; what she thinks of stuff outside of cats, her work or tnrm.

Some personal blog! D'oh!

5/9/07 8:54 AM  
Blogger jules said...

Well Dawn, this complainant has made quite a joke of himself/herself. This person is either too blind to see the wonderful works that CWS/u have done or too illiterate to read how u detailed religiously what u do daily as a CWS employee. To add on, this person is also spiteful and a slack worker for not doing his/her homework before making such a baseless complaint. I know I can always rely on u whenever I need cat-related help and advice and I can safely say u can rely on many of us out here who will support CWS/u always.

5/9/07 12:14 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

evil scumbag,tell him to pick on somebody his own type!Kind ppl always get bullied by these evil ppl.Just like my nasty neighbors!

5/9/07 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complainant is a selfish p&*&^
Wonder why Charities Unit entertain such feedback without asking for details. It is irresponsible. Was it an anonymous complainant?

5/9/07 2:40 PM  
Blogger Saltwetfish said...

Hey Dawn,

Just to let you know that your blog have help me to understand better the work of CWS and the ongoing issues, especially with some of MPs and TCs and HDB.

We get to know better the inner workings the TC and even the garmen sometimes and the [stupid] thinking behind some of the MPs and TCs.

Thanks for the blog (though I may not read everything!)

This also tells use how easy it is for one person to complain (even without logic nor prove) and how "reactive" some grassroots and garmen body.

I think we need to silent majority to voice out if not it will be drowned by the loud minority.

5/9/07 2:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We've no idea if it was an Anonymous complaint. We're still waiting for the Charities Unit to respond and they haven't as yet.

5/9/07 5:03 PM  
Blogger haliza said...

Hi dawn, You have done a GREAT JOB , Dawn ! I dont think this will discourage you or cws in anyway. I support you and cws all the way .You have done GREAT in many ways. In mediating with the TC . Not only one area but most part of singapore. You tried your best to help out cats feeder in their issues . Became the mediator between TC and resident.I feel that giving the complainant a BIG SLAP in the face and a BIG KICK in the butt. People like this are REAL COWARDS !!! Dare to say but dont dare to come out. "COME OUT WHOEVER YOUR ARE . LET MEET FACE TO FACE . IF YOU DARE MAKE THAT KIND OF ACUSSATION , I DARE YOU COME OUT.....shhhh67.

6/9/07 4:54 PM  
Blogger haliza said...

Hi Dawn ,

You have done a GREAT JOB , Dawn ! I dont think this will discourage you or cws in anyway. I support you and cws all the way .

You have done GREAT in many ways.
In mediating with the TC . Not only one area but most part of singapore. You tried your best to help out cats feeder in their issues . Became the mediator between TC and resident.

I feel that giving the complainant a BIG SLAP in the face and a BIG KICK in the butt. People like this are REAL COWARDS !!! Dare to say but dont dare to come out.

"COME OUT WHOEVER YOUR ARE . LET MEET FACE TO FACE . IF YOU DARE MAKE THAT KIND OF ACUSSATION , I DARE YOU COME OUT .

shhhh67.

6/9/07 4:56 PM  
Anonymous HG said...

Hi Dawn

Not to worry, myself and many others are behind CWS and you all the way, for you have touched our lives and those of our cats in so many ways. For me, my stray cats and I would not have made it till today if not for your assistance with the nasty, unreasonable cat complainant and biased TC case. Your help and unwavering support have given me so much strength to push on and challenge these bullies. Definitely I will not walk away at this moment when CWS needs us to speak up. Pls invite MCYS to read your blog or speak to anyone of us anytime to hear of what we have to say against those allegations. We can write as well, to forum, MCYS, anywhere! The complainant will never get his/her way!

8/9/07 4:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks HG - you put in all the hard work. We were just happy to help where we could!

8/9/07 7:20 PM  

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