Thursday, March 17, 2011

DAP Must Apologise For Kitten Killer Fiasco

Story by Free Malaysia Today:

Civil societies want DAP to push for the prosecution of Serdang kitten killer Chow Xiao Wei.

KUALA LUMPUR: What was presumed to be an act of kindness on the part of two elected DAP representatives has boomeranged on them.

Civil society groups today have demanded an apology from Seri Kembangan state assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah and Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching for defending Serdang kitten killer, Chow Xiao Wei.
Malaysian Animal Welfare Society (MAW) president Shenaaz Khan said that it was unacceptable for Ean and Teo to have hosted a press conference for Chow whose brutal acts against the kitten were recorded and uploaded online earlier this month.

Shenaaz told FMT that she, along with other activists met with DAP MPs in parliament today and handed over a memorandum against Ean and Teo.

The MPs present were M Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat), Chong Eng (Bukit Mertajam), Hiew King Cheu (Kota Kinabalu), Sim Tong Him (Kota Melaka) and Fong Po Kuan (Batu Gajah).

“If you can show disregard for animals, you would probably do the same for human beings,”  Shenaaz said adding that she had asked the DAP MPs if they would have held a similar press conference for a repented rapist.

Shenaaz said Kulasegaran had concurred with her line of reasoning.

Chow had previously told reporters that she was suffering from depression, and had taken out her frustrations by stomping on kittens.

During the press conference both Ean and Teo had urged the public to forgive Chow for her actions. Ean had also allegedly told an angry caller that “It is just a cat.”

Giving excuses
The memorandum today also called for Ean and Teo to use their positions as politicians to push for Chow’s prosecution.

The memorandum also called for disciplinary action be taken against them.

“Both Ean Yong and Teo should have been well aware of the severity of Chow’s crimes and should have handed her over to the authorities for further action.

“Their attempts to rationalize the cruelty with unqualified psychiatric assessments of the killer make them complicit to her brutal act,” the memorandum said.

MAW together with several other NGOs -  Malaysian Animal Rights’ Society, Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and the Elderly, Petpositive and Lawyers for Liberty – had attempted to handover the memorandum at DAP headquarters on Saturday, but the office was closed.

Lawyers for Liberty member Fadiah Nadwa Fikri who was also present today told FMT that while the DAP MPs received the memorandum, they stopped short of suggesting that Chow be prosecuted.
She also said that the MPs were giving excuses over handing over Chow to the police.

“They kept saying that she has repented. That is not the point. We are not here to judge the person’s sincerity,” Fadiah said.

She added that Chow’s actions put her under Section 44 of the Animal Act 2006.

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