Remembering Sheena

Stop Animal Abuse in Malaysia.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Light & Easy Radio Interview Postponed

Sorry everyone. Heard only today that the Light & Easy interview with Lina Teoh on the TGV Screening of documentary on Belum Temengor has been postponed. They needed the slot to interview Boney M who are in town. Cool. I like Boney M. Catch their concert at Istana Budaya if you can and listen to them on air tomorrow.

Our Belum Temengor talk has been postponed to either the 4th or 5th of September. Will keep you posted.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Catch The REDFM104.9 Morning Affair On Sept 1

David Chew will be interviewing actress Joanna Bessey and Andrew Sebastian, MNS Head of Parks and Special Projects on September 1st, 7:30 am.

Don't forget to tune in. David will also be giving away free tickets for the very special 2 hour show for the Premier Screening of Temengor - Biodiversity In The Face Of Danger on September 12, 11:00 am.

So listen in on how to get these exclusive tickets.

Animal Act 1953 (Revised 2006) Makes No Changes To Pre-Merdeka Animal Ordinance 1953

With a constant stream of visitors to our blog, many have asked how the RSC came about, and what we are fighting for. Hence, we provide here a chronology of events that caused our indignation at animal abuse, forced our birth and focused our struggle against animal abuse in Malaysia.

We were first moved by the plight of Sheena, the German Shepherd, that was kept tied and starved by her keeper, an engineer from Subang Jaya. The next door neighbour was devastated at watching the dog starve to death, and tried to feed it. But Sheena's keeper threw away the food and water (as reported in the national newspapers).

This neighbour telephoned the Department of Veterinary Services (the only authority in Malaysia with powers to arrest and charge animal abusers) three times to help Sheena, but no one came.

Out of desperation, she called former SPCA animal inspector, Sabrina Yeap, who led the rescue efforts. Sabrina carried Sheena out of the house in her arms, but Sheena was too weak and had to be put down. Her stomach had shrunk and her bones had become brittle from malnutrition.

In court, Sheena's keeper admitted guilt but was only fined RM100. No custodial sentence was meted out. Since 1953, when the Ordinance was passed, we can count on two hands the number of cases the DVS has taken to court, although animal shelters report about three cases of abuse each day.

Then came Tim, a daschund whose keeper tied him up in the sun and rain without ever letting him free. Tim got so frustrated he kept pulling on the metal chain until it got embedded in his neck. Tim survived with his neck continuously bleeding, for God knows how long, until a good Samaritan complained to the authorities.

Did Tim finally get rescued from his nightmare? The court fined the keeper RM200 and returned Tim to his keeper!

Then there is the cat breeder who kept his wards in cages so small and filthy that they looked deformed (pictures were published in the Star).

Many sad stories of animal abuse don't even reach the newspapers. RSC stands as a voice for all of them. We are committed to God in all that we do and we believe wholeheartedly that these abusers and indifferent by-standers will one day have to stand before God and be judged for their actions and indifference.

RSC's first project was a rally on January 21, 2006, which called on the Government to amend the Animal Ordinance 1953, which imposed only a maximum jail term of 6 months or maximum fine of RM200 or both on anyone found guilty of abusing an animal.

Since 1953, one or two jail terms had been meted out, and that too for a maximum of only two days – for a woman who threw hot water on her dog.

So with deep regret we report that the Animals Act 1953 was passed this year without any changes to the 1953 Ordinance. No improvement at all and the same penalty although animal activists called for a one year mandatory jail sentence and RM10,000 fine.

We called for a "mandatory jail sentence" because we have no faith that our courts will meet out stiff jail sentences when abusers come before them. Mandatory means they have no choice but to impose that specified jail sentence.

Malaysia is in the dark ages when it comes to the protection of animals and the environment, compared to other countries. And we are not even comparing Malaysia with Western countries, but with Islamic and Asian countries.

In the United Arab Emirates the law that protects animals has the following penalty:

"Every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates or tortures a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal, is guilty of an offence punishable by imprisonment of up to one year, or by a fine of not more then Dh10,000 (RM10,300), or by both the fine and the imprisonment."

The laws in such Islamic countries even go so far as to protect strays too and not just domestic pets.

India has sentenced famous Bollywood actor, Salman Khan to five years’ jail for killing endangered wildlife. But even before Salman's case, Indian courts had been coming down hard on animal abusers, as can be seen from the many cases frequently reported in their newspapers.

Hong Kong is about to pass its Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Amendment) Bill 2006 later this year, which will see heavier penalties for animal abuse.

Long jail sentences will curb the abuse but sadly in Malaysia there is no legal or political will to stop animal abuse, the rape of our environment, poaching, smuggling and the illegal trade of our wildlife.

So it's up to ordinary people like us who have the love of God in our hearts to keep educating and speaking up in the hope that when we change hearts and minds the Goodness of the Human Spirit will overcome the Darkness.

Malaysians Zoos Have No Clue How To Treat Animals

Below is a letter from one of our supporters. Cheryl makes a lot of sense. The newspapers should not highlight stories that make it "ok" for streams of "visitors" to the zoo to handle animals. They get easily stressed (even the zookeeper said this). So why allow complete strangers to maul these creatures if not other than simply to add to the "entertainment". Many other people have reported that these people sometimes pull the animals tails, feathers, poke, prod,shout and all these stress animals out. Why don't we put these human beings in a cage and do that to them all day and see if they get stressed?

Newspapers should instead write stories on why so many zoos in Malaysia do not have a clue on how to treat animals well.

"I read a news article today that made me angry.

Apparently it's another private zoo trying to make money off people *again*.
I'm quite disappointed that zoos such as these public or privately owned see it fit to allow wild animals to be stroked/posed with/played with with members of the public.

The public of course will go for it 'because it's 'fun'for the kids. Wrong! Not only will the animals be subjected to a circle of bright camera faslhes and poking and prodding, nobody knows how this will affect the cubs and smilar animals in years to come.

It does not help that our legislation concerning the treatment of animals is lax and someting to be laughted about since it's a slap on the wrist. :(

In any case,i wanted to bring this to your attention.


Friday, August 25, 2006

Discussion On TGV Screening of Belum Temengor On Light & Easy

Tune in to Light & Easy Radio on August 30, 2006 at 7:30 am to listen to actress, model and MNS Belum-Temengor Campaign Celebrity Ambassador, Lina Teoh, speak on the Breakfast Show with Simon and Caroline.

Discussion will be on the documentary Temengor - Biodiversity In The Face Of Danger and its screening at TGV KLCC.

Also listen in on how to win tickets for the Premier Screening on September 12 which will also be given away on air.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Trailer of Documentary Up On Video Wall

If you are visiting KLCC, pop by TGV Cinema and look for the trailer of the documentary Temengor - Biodiversity In The Face Of Danger on the video wall in the foyer. It is a one minute clip being played as TGV's "coming attraction" along with their other movies.

So make a date with us. Send your name, choice of time and date and number of tickets via email to

Once again screening times and dates are as follows:

Weekday Screening to the public is 14, 15, 18, 19 and 20 Sept, 2006.
THREE different screening times : 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Weekend Screening to the public is on 16 & 17 September, 2006.
THREE different Screening times : 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tune In To TRAXXFM On Wednesday, August 23rd at 11:00 am

Join us, Harun and Lara, on Wednesday 23rd August on TRAXXFM at 11:00 am. We shall be speaking with DJ Jezza about our documentary Temengor - Biodiversity In The Face Of Danger to be screened at TGV KLCC from Sept 14 - 20.

On the left is a photo of us filming in Belum Temengor Forest. We have been going in there with the Novista team for footage for our films since 1992. We have filmed breath-taking shots for so many years and it saddens us that now we are shooting the slow death of Temengor with clogged up and dirty rivers, precious trees mercilessly chopped down by loggers and precious rafflesias (world's largest flowers) trampled and destroyed.

All of us at Novista Sdn Bhd, the company that made the documentary are thankful it won the Best Documentary award at the Malaysia Film Festival last year as it only highlights the plight so close to our hearts. We did this documentary not to be sold for profit but for the passion to save Belum Temengor from logging.

We could not stand aside and watch the needless devastation of this beautiful rainforest that not only moves the soul but is vital for the well-being of all Malaysians. If you don't want to suffer frequent water shortages, you are fed up with the weather, haze, poor quality of the air, if you are tired of reading about elephants straying into the highways because their homes are being ravaged, please tune in to our talk on August 23rd and listen to why you should be part of this effort to save Belum Temengor forest.

Harun Rahman and Lara Ariffin.
Novista Sdn Bhd.
Producer of Temengor - Biodiversity In The Face Of Danger

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Important Announcement On TGV Belum Temengor Screening

Thanks for the bookings that are coming in. Kindly take note of the following announcements:

1. The award winning documentary to be screened at TGV KLCC is called Temengor – Biodiversity In The Face Of Danger. It is 20 minutes in length because according to the producer, Harun Rahman, that is the standard length for a television programme.

2. As it is a short feature we shall be making the event more exciting by giving away door gifts. Note the following on door gifts:

a) Door gifts are to be given only at weekday screenings. Depending on availability of the gifts we may extend to weekends, but for now they are given out only on weekdays to the first 35 people who turn up. So come early please.

We will announce what time the registration table will be open for each screening closer to the date. Please check at this blog for updates.

3. There will be no tickets issued. So kindly check your name on the registration list at the door for those who have pre-booked via email. Walk-in patrons may still come for the screening only upon availability of seats. Preference is to those who have booked.

4. We encourage block bookings from universities, companies and organizations especially for the weekday screenings. We already have companies booking for their staff. Kindly let us know early if you want to block book.

For bookings write to

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Article on Screening in Adsvantage Family Magazine

An article on the TGV Cinemas - Belum Temengor screening is out in AdsVantage's August issue. You may get your copies of Adsvantage family magazine at the information counters of shopping malls (except Mid-Valley and KLCC), at gourmet coffee cafes such as Starbucks and the others, MPH Bookstores and BP Petrol Stations.

Click on the clipping below to enlarge and read.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

TGV Cinemas - Belum Temengor Free Screening

Wow! The names are already pouring in. But listen folks, I'm not getting the details in proper order here. It is very important that you to let me know which screening you want to attend.

The venue is TGV Cinemas KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Documentary is called Temengor - Biodiversity In The Face Of Danger

It won Best Documentary at the 18th Malaysia Film Festival 2005.

Weekday Screening to the public is 14, 15, 18, 19 and 20 Sept, 2006.
THREE different screening times : 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Weekend Screening to the public is on 16 & 17 September, 2006.
THREE different Screening times : 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Send your details to in the following order:

Full Name:
Telephone Number:
You are booking your Free Ticket for which date and time?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

TGV Cinemas-Belum Temengor Free Screening

TGV Cinemas is screening Temengor - Biodiversity In The Face of Danger by Novista Sdn Bhd in mid September. It won the Best Documentary Award at the 18th Malaysia Film Festival 2005.

This event is organised by the Malaysia Nature Society and the Remembering Sheena Campaign.

It is an historical event in that for the first time in Malaysia, a community message is being screened at a mainstream cinema FOR FREE.

Premier screening for the Press, VIP and celebrities will take place on September 12, 2006. And public screening between September 14 - 20.

Don't miss the opportunity to book your FREE Tickets by writing to giving us your full details. Hurry. Only limited seats available.

You may also tune in to your favourite radio stations to listen in on how you can bag FREE tickets to the exciting Premier screening attended by the Press, VIPs and celebrities.

In the meantime check back regularly on RSC for exciting interviews, quotes and other information in the run up to the screening.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Be Responsible Tourists. Don't Go To Places That Flout CITES Laws


Wherever you go ensure the places you are visiting does not abuse animals for the shallow entertainment of human beings. We thank you for all your letters to the relevant authorities and the newspapers complaining about such places.
You would have read in the NST (June 30) about the poor orangutan languishing in the Johor zoo. This orang utan is said to be of the pongo pygmaeus abelii species and therefore illegal to keep it at the zoo.

The NST report was about Perhilitan requiring the zoo to hand over this orang utan because by keeping it there the Johor zoo is in breach of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The zoo refused and end of story.

Perhilitan acted only after much pressure from a British NGO called Nature Alert and we hope they will pursue the matter with the zoo because to-date nothing has been done.
We are concerned that despite the laws in place to protect endangered animals Malaysia continues to flout them and we see resorts such as D-Paradise Resort at Alor Gajah openly boast of a "pangolin sanctuary" and other endangered animals on their website. Please don't go to places where the law is openly flouted. These laws are there for a reason.

Just because a resort or zoo are not prosecuted does not make it right. We the people can give strength to these laws by refusing to spend our money at such places. It is the same policy as "When the buying stops, the killing will".

Nature Alert in the UK has made such a difference to the plight of orang utans by speaking up and writing letters to the relevant authorities.

To think that it is run by one man makes us ashamed that as Malaysians we have not done anything to help him save our own orang utans.

Nature Alert has successfully got the government to send back six Sumatran orang utans, but there are still more endangered orang utans around, as Nature Alert highlighted at the Johor Zoo, Melaka zoo and A Famosa Resort.

How you can help?

1. Please go to this link (click on the link below): and read the page on how these orang utans are being exploited even though it is illegal to do so.

2. Sign the Petition then write to the email addresses listed there.

3. Stop visiting the places mentioned at this website to send a message that the public will not condone the flouting of CITES laws nor support such places.

If Nature Alert with one man can make such a lot of difference, how much more your one letter and signature on the Petition to the email addresses listed on this website. Please click on it and do your part.