Based on all the reports I read the next day, the first ever dog forum organised by MBPJ being held recently was a great success. Even though I didn’t stay until the end, the morning session was enough to convince me to make it a point to attend in future forums.
The highlight of the day was when it was announced by YB Ronnie Liu, the state exco member that the Selangor government will waive the licence fee for the disabled and elderly who wishes to own a dog.
Free dog licence will definitely encourage more people from this group to keep dogs as pet as it is well known they make good companionship.
Being a non-dog owner/lover, the move wouldn’t make any difference but I’m all for anything that’s beneficial to those who are in need.
But apparently not everyone took the announcement well. I was told an officer from the local council feels it’s not necessary to waive the licence charge as the existing fee is relatively cheap, affordable even to the unfortunate groups.
So in other words what this bitch said is to pay the exact amount for the licence like everyone else does if the disabled and elderly want to be treated equally.
To the officer, this is how she cynically defines equal rights, the campaign synonymously advocated by the disabled group.
OH FINALLY. At long last we get to hear someone in the authority council barks around upholding the rights.
The question is why only now? For a mere dog issue finally the definition breaks through their thick skull when equality of rights should be extended to numerous other issues since ages ago.
When the disabled group demanded accessibility to shop houses, unscrupulous developers still get the green light to operate the building by the same bunch of authority.
When we asked for wheelchair-friendly curbs on roadsides, it took them ages to approve only a stretch.
When we constantly brought forward our decades-old transport woe, only one van is provided to cater to thousands disabled PJ residents.
And our endless woe keeps piling up...
Yet when it comes to dog licence suddenly their version of equal rights takes into effect.
For a few hundred bucks she’s denying a little privilege the not-so-fortunate group hopes to be able to enjoy.
If there’s any left, her rationality to oppose such a good cause is that her employer will go bust for giving free dog licence.
Imagine that. MAJLIS PERBANDARAN TEMPATAN MUFLIS GARA-GARA LESEN ANJING, and PJ will be left without any local council to man the district.
But come to think of it, not that it makes much difference anyway.