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PAWS Malaysia evicted, 7 days left to find new home for 600 animals!

*UPDATE 18/11/2014 – Woohoo, guys! PAWS representatives have met up with S’gor MB Azmin Ali, and the eviction notice has been suspended. More to come!* This is also in-light of SIME DARBY’s statement that the land no longer belongs to them, and had been given back to the Selangor Government

If you haven’t heard, Paws Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has been asked to relocate by the authorities, forcing them out of the home they’ve known for 28 years near the Subang airport.

See, it would be totally reasonable if they had a workable timeline for the amount of baggage they have, but get this.

To find a new home for the organisation, their 400 dogs and 200 cats, the authorities only gave them 14 days. Impossible? You bet. If they fail to do so, they’ll face a helluva hefty fine. We’re all animal lovers here at CILISOS, so we were pretty heartbroken when we saw their post on Facebook this morning. We then spoke to Edward Lim, PAWS Shelter Manger, to get the story and to know how we can help.

So to keep this real short and simple (cos so many of u complain our articles TLDR), here’s the full story in 5 nugget-sized points:

 

1. They were given no warning whatsoever.

“On 10th November 2014, three officers came in looking for me but I wasn’t around, so they passed the letter to my assistant,” Edward tells CILISOS. “When I saw the letter, I was shocked. It was a serious matter. The first thing we did was to inform the authorities, then to spread the word on Facebook.”

 “There was no notice, nothing at all.” – Edward Lim, PAWS Shelter Manager

 

2. They have absolutely no idea why they’re being evicted.

From PAWS Malaysia's Facebook page

From PAWS Malaysia’s Facebook page

“We were just given the letter. No reason was given to us,” he says. The letter, which is being shared on Facebook, states that PAWS violated Section 426 of the National Land Code. It basically said that the shelter unlawfully occupied State land, reserved land or mining land, and according to the law, PAWS may be fined a sum not exceeding RM10,000 or… *gulp* imprisonment of up to one year.

But this begs the question… Were they there illegally?

 

3. Sime Darby allowed PAWS to use the land for shelter purposes 28 years ago.

Thanks Google Maps!

Thanks Google Maps!

The shelter is currently built on a 1-acre land provided by Sime Darby. “All these years, Sime Darby has been kind enough to let us use this land for free. They don’t disturb us,” Edward explained. “But about a year or two back, they asked to discuss matters over this piece of land. They wanted to take the land back, but we told them we didn’t have anywhere to go.”

He added that representatives from Sime Darby promised to look into getting a land from the government, but didn’t hear from them ever since.

“All along, we had the understanding that this land belonged to Sime Darby,” he adds. “Now, it’s a government-owned land. We don’t know what transpired between Sime Darby and the government.”

UPDATE: Sime Darby has also issued a statement via email to us, stating that the land no longer belongs to them. This probably explains why MB Azmin has the power to suspend the eviction notice.

With reference to the recent news reports on the PAWS facility, Sime Darby would like to clarify that the facility is currently not located on the company’s land.” – Sime Darby Official Group Statement

Plot Thickener.

But land seems to be just one part of the problem…

 

4. They have only 7 days to FIND a new land, BUILD up a shelter and RELOCATE 600 animals!

Photo by PurpleHourGlass Photography

Photo by PurpleHourGlass Photography

“We’re in such a difficult position now,” he told CILISOS. “First and foremost, we don’t even have the time to do our research on new land, which is why we’re trying to do whatever we can to save the shelter. Also, to build a new shelter can even take up to six months.” He adds that although they’re working with a 1-acre land, the NGO actually needs about 2 – 3 acres to comfortably house the animals.

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That, PLUS the logistics in transporting all the furkids AND their stuff back and forth from their current place? It’s batshizz cray! Logically speaking, it’s not just impossible in 7 days – it’s incredibly financially burdensome.

PAWS, a humble NGO, has a monthly expenditure of up to RM60,000 that are 100% donations from the public – individuals and companies alike. “Building a shelter can cost millions,” Edwards tells us. But, with a positive note, he believes that if PAWS could secure a piece of land, help from friends, companies and the public would come to assist them for the love of animals.

 

5. They want to work with the government, not against them.

“We’ve spoken to personal friends and people of influence,” he adds. “We’ve spoken to excos who have promised to look into the matter. We don’t want to sort our problems in a bad way, we want to work with the government instead.”

Not naming names, Edward says that they’ll be calling for meetings with the land authorities soon. His ideal goal? For the government to take sympathy on the shelter and animals, and to help provide a piece of land for the NGO.

Photo from PAWS Malaysia Facebook page

Photo from PAWS Malaysia Facebook page

We bet you’ve heard the struggles of animal welfare organisations Malaysia, so you’ll probably know of the limited space and resources they have. Also, the crazy amount of people giving their pets up doesn’t help them too…

And because of that, Edward doesn’t expect help from bigger NGOs. “They’ve got bigger problems of their own to handle (such as lack of space in overpopulated shelters) ,” Edward says. “Perhaps the smaller groups of rescuers can help us out instead.”

(P/S: Here’s why it sucks to be an animal in Malaysia.)

But here’s what WE can do!

Should we start a protest? A petition? Nope. Like what we highlighted, the NGO doesn’t wish to spark conflict with the authorities.

“We need to beg the government to give us more time with the help of the public,” Edward tells us. “We don’t dare ask for picketing protests, the time has not come for that and we don’t want to handle it that way.”

Hewwo guchi guchi wuuu <3 Photo from PurpleHourGlass Photography

Photo from PurpleHourGlass Photography

Also, while it’s unlikely to rehome all the furkids at one go, Edward urges the public: “Come and adopt our animals.”

It’s always difficult to get strays or non-pedigrees adopted, but we’re sure we don’t need to go into lengths just to prove that they’re as loving and loyal, if not more. Take for example our EIC, Chak’s two ‘pariah’ dogs (he say one) who are the cutest, sweetest, and funniest doggies in the whole waid wurrrld oyessh you aree ohhyeshhh you areee.

Besides, it’s also standard procedure for all animals to be given immediate medical attention, so although they were abandoned by their previous owners, they were still properly fed and cared for. These animals are healthy, ugaiz.

PAWS houses unwanted pets and stray animals which include puppies, adult dogs, kittens, adult cats, and the occasional rabbits and guinea pigs. Adoption fees do apply, but at a very tiny figure just to help the organisation cover its costs:

Adult dogs: RM50
Puppies: RM80
Adult cats: RM30
Kittens: RM50
Pedigree animals: Minimum RM250 (rarely come with certificates)

But if you’re not adopting, you can make a donation to PAWS. We’d just like to highlight that PAWS did not ask us to write this article, neither did they ask us to highlight donating to their monthly operations… It’s something we personally think could ease them through this crisis right now. Plus, if you’ve been to their shelter (which is completely not govt-funded), you’ll know that they need as much help as they can get.

Apart from donating, you can also spread the world about this terrible issue PAWS is facing. Share PAWS’ Facebook status, share this article, tell someone, tweet something. The more we draw light to this issue, the higher PAWS’ chances to get help from the authorities.

Save PAWS!

21 Comments

  1. Saudade Liberate

    06/12/2014 at 6:40 pm

    HOW A SOCIETY REFLECTS ITSELF IS BY HOW THEY TREAT THEIR ANIMALS.

  2. ash

    19/11/2014 at 3:04 pm

    How do I adopt when no website or any contact number is given?

    • Lydia Kwan

      19/11/2014 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Ash,

      PAWS’ website and Facebook links are all over the article, including the start, the part about adoption and donation. If you didn’t notice them, you can type this URL into your browser: http://www.paws.org.my

      Hope this helps you!

  3. Marcus

    19/11/2014 at 12:17 pm

    Azmin Ali is cool dude. as always. always going the extra mile when it comes to what he need to do. hasnt shown much signs of instability as yet.
    skeptic marcus says “yeah… so far….”

    • Lydia Kwan

      19/11/2014 at 4:11 pm

      MARCUS YOU ARE BACK ON OUR SITE!!!!! we miss you bro!

  4. grace

    18/11/2014 at 11:52 pm

    I don’t know how to help but I hope you guys can make it through this tough time 🙁

  5. Lydia Kwan

    18/11/2014 at 11:24 pm

    Good news guys!!!! Sgor MB Azmin Ali stepped in, eviction notice now suspended! 🙂

    • vasu

      18/11/2014 at 11:33 pm

      ohh thank god.. thats really good news…

    • Lydia Kwan

      19/11/2014 at 12:53 am

      That’s just part 1 of the battle, they’ve got more challenges to overcome but glad to hear some good news nonetheless 🙂

    • YT

      19/11/2014 at 1:12 am

      Yay!!!!!

  6. chris oh

    18/11/2014 at 10:08 pm

    Gvmt have to give more time to find place n find money . Please help .

  7. Angela L

    18/11/2014 at 6:33 pm

    MBPj catches strays and dumps them at PAWS. Why can’t MBPj help in securing a piece of govt land or even getting this land gazetted as part of their obligations? Many councils have their dog pounds which are managed (or ‘ill-managed’ by them). Here at PAWS, they already have an established shelter/pound properly managed. If PAWS were to be moved to a piece of land waaayy outside MBPj, they would have to set up a pound from scratch just to house the strays they catch, don’t they? So, by giving PAWS a piece of land nearby to build a new home or to get the Land Office to give them TOL on this current land (if indeed this land belongs to govt), and PAWS continuing to run the centre would be a win win situation, shouldn’t it?
    The other thing is this, as part of CSR, could Sime Darby not offer them a piece of land somewhere else, if not here, seeing that they are 1 of the biggest land owners around and has profited so much from development of land?
    Last comment: Would the Selangor Govt do the right thing, show compassion towards animals and work alongside with good-hearted people with good-hearted intentions instead of ‘TEKAN’ the good, the charitable, the since-the govt-is-not-doing-it-the-NGOs-have-to-take-over-the role-of-animal-welfare RAKYAT? Can we see a change in the Govt we voted in?

    • Suzy DO

      19/11/2014 at 3:58 pm

      Sime Darby has been doing csr for last 28 years already. Other ppl shud help now..

  8. Nata Ong

    18/11/2014 at 5:59 pm

    Such unfortunate news. I hope that you would continue keeping us updated on the latest news on this.

  9. Jacky

    18/11/2014 at 4:28 pm

    “KESALAHAN PENDUDUKAN SECARA TIDAK SAH DI ATAS TANAH KERAJAAN” ?? your ass lah pejabat daerah petaling!! yes i know that shelter duduk dkat private property. but, property of whom? tak pernah ada notice pon property of siapa2.

    tempat perlindungan haiwan ni wujud sebelum i lahir lagi. siapa yg tinggal kat shah alam-subang airport sekitar tahun 80-an dia lebih tahu. sejak bila jadi ‘tanah kerajaan’? manusia mana sesuka hati buat arahan? mana dan siapa pihak pembangun yg kurang ajar sangat tuh?

    sekeliling kawasan PAWS tu dulu hutan je tau. pastu barulah wujud pembangunan besar2an (etc. Sime Darby, Citta Mall, Ara Damansara, dll..). dalam sikit ada perumahan puluh2 unit kau buat. Dulu beria-ia buat kempen ‘peliharalah hutan simpan, hutan adalah khazanah kita’. sekarang hutan2 tu semua dah tak ada. WTF is this? KENAPA sejak dulu lagi tak halau je paws ni kalau ‘tiba2’ (i assumed) dah tahu dia duduk kat tanah bukan milik dia?

    lagi satu, dekat pintu masuk ke Subang Bestari, ada shopping complex baru nama Damansara apa jadah entah. sejak bila subang jadi damansara, petaling jaya?? subang airport and subang perdana (except subang at subang jaya), is a continent of shah alam. pihak pembangun ni dah macam ISRAEL i tgk. perampas tanah. takkan sejak wujud subang skypark semua benda korang nk ubah. melampau lah mcm ni.

    whoever you think you are…i’m very sure you such a moron and idiot. corruption and money leads you to this. am i right?

    • Jacky

      18/11/2014 at 4:32 pm

      Sorry if any of you think my comment is aggressive. this is all intended for pdp (pejabat daerah petaling).

  10. Dawn Stevenson

    18/11/2014 at 2:16 pm

    Why can’t the government give a nice piece of land for the strays. In Turkey a Muslim country the strays are well looked after. This is why God has blest them. If this country wants blessings something must be done to help out PAWS after nd all other centers where strays after note being housed.

  11. Callie

    18/11/2014 at 10:14 am

    I am heartbroken

  12. pei ling

    18/11/2014 at 8:09 am

    Today is the 8th day. May i know how is it now?

    • Lydia Kwan

      18/11/2014 at 2:29 pm

      Hi! Paws have been speaking to key figures, so far response from public and these key figures are positive but they’re not completely out of the crisis so we can’t say much… Hoping for solid good news soon 🙂

  13. Siao Fong

    18/11/2014 at 6:05 am

    Let us encourage companies, groups to adopt a stray each.

    Let us build a safe, nurturing culture instead

    Teams, companies, organisations, society will be all the better for it.

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