LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT WHAT FULLY TRANSPIRED AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING AT THE OFFICE OF SELANGOR ASSEMBLYMAN EAN YONG.
All we can say for sure is that a 21-year-old-lady, said to be with some mental problems, confessed to torturing two kittens and its mother recently.
Her distraught mother was by her side.
But outside was a different picture.
About 50 animal activists were seething to see justice meted out to the woman. It wasn't a pretty picture as well as some of them shouted insults and bodily harm to the alleged abuser.
Others raised their heckles against Yong as well.
They were outraged over what they viewed as the assemblyman trying to side with a heinous animal abuser who was trying to get away from her actions by a public apology.
However when contacted, YB Ean Yong replied in an email message: "(My role) was merely to provide a platform for the abuser to apologise to the public. My stand is simple, let the relevant authorities to investigate and take action."
As far as we in PET+BLOGSPOT, no one seems to have made a police report yet. That may happen in the next couple of days or so by animal groups; if not earlier.
We do know that at least three representatives from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) were present at this morning's press conference.
The arrived with members of SPCA, who came undercover.
Both parties had interviewed the self-confessed abuser and investigations are underway separately.
There is every chance that the DVS will take action.
However, officials from the department haven't promised anything but are cautiously studying every minute detail as this time.
PET+BLOGSPOT reporter Lynn Wong who interviewed the woman this morning has submitted her full report to Petpositive.
We have already forwarded that information directly to the DVS Director General Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin for his action on the case.
All eyes will now be on the DVS to see what kind of action they will take.
It has also been alleged that the woman suffers from mental problems. If this is found to be true, she will also need to be treated for her condition.
But justice should also be done for the mother cat who lost her two kittens.
Tomorrow's newspapers will give us a clearer picture.
Meanwhile, here is a report by Malaysiakini on the matter today:
Woman who tortured kittens apologises after face-off
More than 30 outraged animal activists today gathered at the groundfloor of DAP Serdang building where a young woman who was caught on camera torturing two kittens was about to apologise to request for a direct meeting with her.
Three of them, comprising of Petpositive representative, Lynn Wong, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better coordinator, Christine Lai, and animal lover, Cheryl Chong, were allowed to enter the first-floor office for a closed-door meeting after the abuser issued a statement of apology through Serdang assemblyman, Ean Yong Hian Wah, and Member of Parliament, Teo Nie Ching.
The activists told Komunitikini that they were concerned about the brutal torture of two kittens by the abuser and intend to ensure she does not repeat the cruelty.
They also asked why the woman wanted to hurt the kittens.
The closed-door meeting between the activists, the abuser, her mother, and Ean Yong was completed in an hour with some activists finally agreeing to grant her a second chance.
“She is remorseful and promised not to do it again. Now we expect the authorities to continue with the case,” said Wong.
Lai, on the other hand, has recommended the abuser undergo a counseling session with a good psychiatrist at Universiti of Malaya Hospital.
She opined that the girl, whose mother was a subject of domestic violence when she was a child, should not exaggerate her background as an excuse for her cruelty.
“I am also a single mother but my children are not like that. A mother must be able to talk to them, teach them what is right and wrong. Do not just leave your child to school or society,” she added
Abuser: I cannot control my behaviour
Earlier on, the abuser by the name of Chow Xiao Wei, said she was unable to control her emotions and behaviour when committing the abuses.
Chow, whose photos have been widely circulated online, admitted that she tortured two kittens and one cat that day.
“Realising the case is serious, my mum accompanied me for a psychiatric treatment a few days ago. My mum is the sole breadwinner of the family after divorcing with my dad,” she said in a statement.
“I hope public can forgive me and give me a second chance to redeem myself. I promise to love and respect all life from now,” she added.
When asked, Chow said she had never abused any animal prior to this incident and never caused problems at school.
She said she is willing to become a volunteer in animal organisation if she is approached.
Chow has also lodged a police report over the death threats she received via SMS and Facebook messages after the video was posted online recently.
Chow’s mother, who declined to comment when Komunitikini visited her food stall last Friday, said she was very sad and sorry over the matter.
“I hope people will forgive my daughter and not throw their rage on us again,” she said.
Meanwhile, the veterinary service department said Chow can be charged under Section 44 of Animal Act 1953, which carries a penalty of six months or RM200 fine or both.
Its department enforcement assistant, Mohd Zamri Zulkepli, said a member of public is planning to file a report against Chow tomorrow.
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