Monday, June 20, 2011

Prejudice Against Disabled Exists Among So-Called "Pet Lovers."

DID YOU CATCH the recent interview by Komunitikini with me (see below) over the police investigation that is currently in progress over the MDDB blog and Facebook - a group that claims to represent dogs?

Well, it seemed to have instantly got the foul-mouthed and obnoxious group MDDB all riled up again.

From the looks of it, they can't seem to stop their obsession of talking about me in their online pages!

In their Facebook page, its author Wani Muthiah gave the following shocking reply to the Komunitikini writer when he asked her if she thought it was "criminal intimidation" when some of her followers wrote in her Facebook that they wanted to push me off my wheelchair: 

"I was very glad that he (the journalist) brought-up the pushing off the wheelchair bit as the person who said that (a person by the name of Mandy Chee) had every right to feel anger towards "Arsie." 

"Arsie" is a shortened abusive word in reference to me which is typical of Wani Muthiah's cheap vulgarity.

Such effrontery on Muthiah's part not only clearly demonstrates a lack of a dignified upbringing in the past but promoting hate crimes, prejudice and bigoted opinions in her blog questions the very core of her professionalism as a writer and a human being.

(Muthiah is a journalist with The Star.)

What kind of a human being - and an able-bodied person at that together with her subservient cronies - would display such gall to insult a person for his disability?

Not only that, but also threaten a person in a wheelchair? 

Only shameless cowards like Mandy Chee, Annisa Amni and others who hide behind their computers without consciences and scruples will do that - including Muthiah who allows such criminal statements to appear in her Facebook and blog.

Another crackpot is Bavani La. 

She wrote that she knows that I've been "suffering in my wheelchair". 

She suggests that I "hang myself" or be put to sleep because I "am a liability to my family and friends."

And these people profess to feel for animals when they can't even show certain decencies to human beings? 

It was MDDB again who recently made the outrageous statement that a couple of Rela men involved in an accident leading to their deaths involving a cat crossing the road were an act of karma (punishment) for allegedly shooting dogs!

Don't they know that for those who believe in karma, everybody goes through it no matter what states they are in - including them?

And it is for all of us to accept our karmas, whether they be "good" or "bad", in order to determine each of our future destinies.    

As for being in a wheelchair, does Wani, Mandy, Bavani and the rest also not know that they themselves could end up in a wheelchair one day? 

Or maybe their family members? 

What would they say then as we all know today that disabilities affect everyone as all of us are only growing older instead of younger.

And would it be just as funny to them if they were threatened in such a way?

With statements such as these, does anyone expect any of our local councils to ever take such stony-hearted, vindictive and seriously nutty people and group seriously?

Really folks! Never in a million years!

The people who sit in councils and run local districts, towns and cities are far too intelligent, responsible and more decent for the likes of the negative, narrow-minded and insolent characters that I've just pointed out.

If anyone is really interested in helping the animals in our country, it's time to kick such individuals out and replace them with sincere and genuinely caring people who know how to respect human beings as well as animals.

We need leaders with a conscience who are not interested in using disadvantaged and suffering animals to gain personal publicity and cheap mileage out of them.

This is not a popularity contest or a shortcut for anyone to try to get to heaven.  

The MDDB's reply to Komunitikini is full of distortions of material deliberately taken out of context to vilify me. Even checking from their own material carefully will disclose this fact.

A good example of this is how Muthiah used her "blind" followers in her Facebook to think that the writer who called himself "Honest Animal Lover" in Petaling Jaya was me when he wrote his letter entitled, "Problems of strays are solely caused by animal lovers."

This is not only disgraceful from someone who works in The Star as to NOT to find out the facts about who the author is before blaming me but also it just goes to give us an idea of the kind of virtually brainless followers that comment on the Facebook and blog.    

As far as I am concerned, I will continue to fight for animals - and at the same time, respect the rights of people who are not so enthusiastic about them. 

Thank you all for your support! Don't forget to hug your pets everyday!



Petition on animal welfare sparks raging dispute

by Leven Woon on 16 Jun, 2011

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor and animal rights activist, Anthony Thanasayan (right), has lodged a police report over what he claims are threats against his being that were recently posted on the Facebook page of an NGO.

The wheelchair-bound councillor claims his life is being threatened by three individuals who left “nasty comments” following the appearance of an article The Star which was said to be written by him and which was shared on the Facebook page of Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB).
Under the comments section of the article titled, “Problems of stray are solely caused by animal lovers”, one commenter vowed to push the writer “off his wheelchair if he doesn’t stop barking soon”. The writer of the article wrote under a pseudonym.
Another individual supported the move, while another MDDB Facebook follower said she “pray(s) hard that (the writer’s) Rottweiler, German Shepperd and all his dogs one day will bite him.”
Thanasayan has told Komunitikini that he did not write the article.

He says that MDDB’s founder, Parimalawani Muthiah, should not have allowed the threatening posts against him on the MDDB Facebook page.

“MDDB is creating a hate campaign against me, the words amount to criminal intimidation which is an offence under Malaysian law,” he claims.

Muthiah says she has never been asked to remove the said comments by Thanasayan.

“Anthony only wrote something on his blog (about the comments), but he never called to ask me to remove the comments,” she adds.

Activists versus councillors
Muthiah tells Komunitikini that MDDB members have “all the right to be angry” with Thanasayan.
She claims Thanasayan once bluntly accused an MDDB member a “liar” after the member had exposed poor condition of Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) dog pounds in Bandar Sultan Sulaiman in December 2009.

The member had provided photographic evidence of stray dogs being kept in the pound that were distressed and possibly infected with disease.

MDDB then demanded that the local council reconsider the massive dog catching operation it was then running.

“However, Anthony called for a media interview and said we fabricated the evidence,” says Muthiah.

She said Thanasayan also implied that MDDB members were “stupid” in an interview last month with Free Malaysia Today, where he criticised animal welfare groups as being “hypocrites” who were only good for “throwing stones” at local councils instead of engaging and educating them on how to handle animals humanely.

That report was followed by the article above in The Star, which was posted by MDDB on its Facebook page, where the pseudonymous writer again claims the problem of strays is solely the fault of so-called animal lovers.

Kicked out of the petition
The latest flare-up in the dispute between animal welfare groups and local councillor Thanasayan is understood to have been caused by the latter’s exclusion from a petition on animal welfare organised by the former.

The online petition was prompted by the recent YouTube video featuring Batu Pahat Municipal Council workers capturing and killing a stray dog in a cruel manner. Among other things, the petition calls for pet owners to spay and neuter their pets and for more effective penalties against animal abusers.

It has been signed by 16 animal welfare groups, including the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Paws animal welfare society, and Save A Stray. At the time of writing, 13,000 signatures have been collected.

The petition was presented to social activist, Lee Lam Thye, on June 5 and will be presented to the prime minister when it has 50,000 signatures.

Thanasayan claims MDDB had lobbied hard for his NGO, Petpositive, to be removed from the petition, and says that Petpositive was among the first to sign it.

MDDB, on other hand, says it was the petition organiser, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), that removed Petpositive after Thanasayan’s newspaper disparaging remarks against animal welfare groups.

It is understood that MDDB and Thanasayan differ on what the policy should be on euthanasia: while the former advocates for strays to be rounded up, rehabilitated and put up for adoption, the councillor thinks that unwanted or ailing strays should be put to sleep humanely.

Thanasayan has told Komunitikini that he did not write the article.

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Leven Woon
is a journalist that interested in social justice, community empowerment and democracy. He believes community is where home is laid and caring is shown.

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Meera Paranjothy said...

Bravo for this piece!

Wasn't this journalist the twit who wrote about some dog named Kuning that led a search party to save strays from Pulau Ketam?

Ha ha ha! Does she take us readers for idiots?

Sock it to 'em Thanayasan!

Anonymous said...

The Star newspaper should give Wani Muthiah the boot for doing things like this! She's obviously a dishonest, biased and vengeful person. How can we trust the newspaper if they have such an irresponsible writer behind the wheel? It's like having a policeman with a criminal background! And how could she say that about the Rela boys! She seems to also have a grudge with Rela personnel and is extremely happy that the two Rela men died in that nasty accident! Animal welfare for a devil in disguise!!!!!!!

tehctarikh said...

Hey Anthony, go ahead. Press charges against your distractors. They've made some serious threats against you. These people are irresponsible, sick and should be put behind bars.