Saturday, October 23, 2010

Be Ashamed And Apologise! Say Disability & Animal Rights Groups

Umno's 'cheap shot' at animal rights ruffles feathers by Malaysiakini

Pix by Petpositive

Animal rights and welfare groups today demanded an apology from Selangor Umno Youth delegate Zuinuri Zainal, who had accused them of attempting to incite public hatred against the government.

“We are very upset and shocked by this statement. We were criticised for speaking up for other living beings, going beyond our (own) difficulties to think of somebody else's,” said Anthony Thanasayan, the president of Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive).

He was referring to Selangor delegate Zainuri Zainal who at the Youth debates at Umno's 61th general assembly on Wednesday blasted a disabled rights group for protesting against the Kuala Langat Municipal Council for putting nine dogs to sleep on Sept 19.

police search Sosilawati Lawiya afp 1The dogs were put down by lethal tranquillisers at the poultry farm in Sungai Gadung, the scene of the alleged murder of cosmetics millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya.

Several days later disabled rights group Independent Living and Training Centre and Petpositive had staged a protest against the municipal council, saying the dogs could have been handled by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) or other animal welfare groups.

The council has since defended their actions saying that the dogs had posed a danger to police personnel investigating the murder case.

Zainuri at the assembly described their actions as an attempt to “draw public ire against the authorities”.

“If (you) nothing positive to say about the disabled, please keep your mouth shut,” said Thanasayan of Zainuri's outburst.

“If you want to speak about the disabled at the Umno meeting speak about the problems we are having in getting jobs, and lack of support.

“But if you have the audacity to criticise us for doing something nice and right for defenceless creatures, he should be ashamed and apologise to us,” he said, chiding the Umno delegate for using them for “cheap publicity”.

Implied of being 'terrorist'

Malaysian Animal Welfare Society president Shenaaz Khan also blasted Zainuri for suggesting that the protest was instigate by the Pakatan Rakyat government.

mps dog hunt protest 220907 doggieShenaaz said that the suggestion was absurd as the groups were there on their own independent capacity, and their protest was against the Pakatan-run municipal council.

“He has suggested that (the protestors) are cheap, shallow and that they are for sale, and he implied that they are terrorist by trying to 'instill public hatred',” she said.

“I don't know what kind of ignorance permeates through Umno. They continue to make these stupid statements.

Shenaaz added that since the protest, the Selangor government has taken their complaints into consideration and has come up with new guidelines on how municipal councils should act in such cases.


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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try putting 9 harmless cats to sleep and see UMNO's reaction! Dogs are considered kaum pendatang. Look at the bright side, not all animals are discriminated.

BernieBaby (From Malaysiakini)

Anonymous said...

Only a sound education system can help the ignorant. We have delegates who are ignorant and have lost touch with reality. Sadly our education system too may not be able to help them as it ranks poorly and run by the ignorants themselves. Wasalam

Mohd Hazwan (From Malaysiakini)

Anonymous said...

What has the Selangor MB to say for killing the 9 cannines. Has he lost his voice, was there a no better solution then killing these dogs. Will you Malayu do that to cats. Khalid as a MB for Selangor, your silence will not help you in the 13 GE.

rajm (From Malaysiakini)

Anonymous said...

Bernie, good one.

ranjit singh (From Malaysiakini)

Anonymous said...

“If (you) nothing positive to say about the disabled, please keep your mouth shut,” said Thanasayan of Zainuri's outburst." BRAVO! BRAVO! Thank you for putting that cheap publicity seeker in his place!! “If you want to speak about the disabled at the Umno meeting speak about the problems we are having in getting jobs, and lack of support. BRAVO! BRAVO! You do realise Zuinuri is typical of the selfish, bigotted mentality that prevails. He attacks the disabled because he is a coward. Same reason why he picks on the rights of dogs. “But if you have the audacity to criticise us for doing something nice and right for defenceless creatures, he should be ashamed and apologise to us,” he said, chiding the Umno delegate for using them for “cheap publicity”. BRAVO! Again, thank you voicing out what so many of us are thinking. This Zuinuri moron wanted a platform to publicise himself, and he thought he was being brilliant in picking on this killing of the dogs. Pathetic!!

Anonymous (From Malaysiakini)

Anonymous said...

Well done for putting these self centred syok sendiri beings in their place.

foodforthought (From Malaysiakini)

Anthony SB Thanasayan said...

The UMNO delegate Zuinuri Zainal had been given time to speak she should instead of criticizing the OKU for saving the living souls she should have spoken of the situation of the less fortunate in her area and ask that this group of people's on their needs. That will make her speech at the UMNO delegate wonderful and appreciated by the delegate

Stanislaus Anthony (From Petpositive Empowerment Facebook)

Anonymous said...

UMNO is sick! Is shameful!!! Thanks for speaking up Anthony :) U are right to be angry, I am sick to the stomach.

Alicia Kok Yu Ming (From Facebook).

Anonymous said...

Come on folks, the dogs are associated with the Chinese and the Indians, because it is us that breed, rare and keep them. In the case of the Banting murders, which only four have been charged so far and the rest slapped with light sentences and one even let off on police bail, the police had to look good and perhaps blame the dogs for aidding and abetting the accused, what better way can they think of? If it had been cats, they would have even gone to the extend of sending the cats for treatment to see if they had been abused! No matter what, how they revamp, pump more money into their coffers and promise that they will change, the best way is to show them the door, only then will they learnt that Malaysians have changed but they have yet too! Well done Thanasayan!

P. Dev Anand Pillai (From Malaysiakini)