Remembering Sheena

Stop Animal Abuse in Malaysia.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Indonesian Workers Attack Dog Calling It "Haram"

Furry Friends Farm and The Remembering Sheena Campaign held a Press Conference on December 14, 2006 to highlight the plight of Joy, a stray dog that had been so cruelly beaten by Indonesian workers that his lower jaw was crushed.

At about 9am on Dec 2, 2006, Sabrina Yeap, managing partner of the Furry Friends Farm (FFF), rescued a dog at the Ki-Park Sri Utara construction site belonging to developer, Kepong Industrial Park Sdn Bhd (KIP Group). The site is situated about 10km from the Batu Caves roundabout, heading towards Sungei Buloh and Kepong.

The lower jaw of the dog was dangling and his tongue was hanging out. Two eye-witnesses who pleaded with Sabrina to help the dog, said they had seen him being beaten by Indonesian foreign workers who kept calling the dog “haram” as he was attacked.

Sabrina took the dog, which she later named Joy, to the veterinary clinic. Joy’s lower jaw was so badly injured it had to be surgically removed, but the tongue was saved despite having lacerations and blood clots.

As representative of RSC, I spoke to Mr Kok Pick Tong, one of the four managing directors of KIP Group which employs the workers that ill-treated Joy.

I requested permission for Dr Habeeb Rahman Ibramsa, who lectures in Quran and Sunnah Studies at the International Islamic University in Gombak, Selangor, to give a talk to all their foreign workers on Islam’s clear stand of compassion towards animals, including dogs. Mr Kok refused to co-operate.

On December 4, 2006, RSC sent an official letter to Mr Kok making this request along with the request by FFF for the KIP Group to bear all of Joy’s medical expenses and maintenance at the FFF, an animal shelter which has decided to adopt Joy. Mr. Kok has ignored all letters and telephone calls from RSC.

On December 6, 2006, RSC wrote to Dr. Subramaniam, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, the Minister of Housing and Local Government, Tan Seri Datuk Seri Panglima Bernard Dompok, Minister in charge of the Public Complaints Bureau, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The letters were sent out to these parties appealing to the government to be more pro-active in the area of animal welfare in Malaysia.

There has been much public outcry over the banning of a select number of dogs in Shah Alam, the mass “murder” of Mr Eng Her Sun’s dogs by the Seremban Municipal Council’s death squad, the cruel culling of birds by the Department of Veterinary Services during the bird flu scare, the increase in pet dumping and abuse of stray animals and pets.

RSC invited lecturer in Quran and Sunnah Studies at the International Islamic University in Gombak to give a talk to the Indonesian workers but the developer did not allow it.

Hence, RSC and FFF are calling for the Government to support their education programmes that are aimed at ending this needless violence towards animals. Next year is Visit Malaysia Year 2007, and already tourists are squirming at Malaysia’s ill-treatment and cruelty to animals – from wildlife to domestic pets.

“We are not asking the government to find and punish the people who did this to Joy, although the laws of Malaysia provide for this. We are calling on the Government to support our public education projects by persuading the developer, KIP Group, to allow us to educate their workers,” said Sabrina Yeap.

“I wish to end this ignorance that the Quran supports violence against animals, and am willing to give lectures, presentations and screen videos that support what I am saying. I hope the public, Government officials, foreign workers and others who need to hear this truth will attend,” said Dr. Habeeb Rahman Ibramsa, Lecturer in Quran and Sunnah Studies at the International Islamic University, Gombak, Selangor.

Today Joy has to carry on living without his lower jaw and teeth. He can only eat soft food for the rest of his life. RSC was invited to a meeting called "Dasar Kawalan Anjing" (Guidelines to Control Dogs) in February this year, along with 30 other NGOs by Dr. Subramaniam Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

To-date nothing has been done by the government and we are wondering what the meeting was for. They should instead have held a meeting called "Dasar Kawalan Manusia" (Guidelines to Control Humans)


  • At 9:25 PM, Blogger Christina Liew said…

    Poor Joy... I am so sad to read this and I do hope that she would have a better life in FFF.

    I have re-post your article into my blog and hope that we would be able to spread the message to everyone....

  • At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Shoba

    I am horrified with this news. Was it in the papers? I must have missed it as I was actually in Indonesia at the time.

    I do hope that Joy will be able to live a comfortable life at the Farm.

    However I think it was quite strange that the Indonesians acted that way to Joy. This is because when I was in Indonesia (Jakarta to be precise), I realised that the Muslims there were very tolerant towards most things including dogs.

    And all around Jakarta, there were signs with pictures of dogs that read:

    Kawasan Bebas Anjing Liar,
    Peliharalah Haiwan Kesayangan Anda Dengan Benar dan Sempurna.

    So I'd like to believe that these Indonesians are perhaps a minority or have been "brain-washed" into thinking that dogs are haram.

    I will be re-posting this on my blog in the hope that more people realise that animal cruelty is a horrible thing and that it must stop.

  • At 8:51 AM, Blogger Shoba said…

    You guys are absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for highlighting Joy's issue on your blogs.

    Let me also put up a photo of Joy after surgery and after tender loving care by Sabrina and vets. She is fine now nothing like in the photos. This is so people can see how love can heal even the most terrible pain.

    Story came out only in Sin Chew so far. We'll not give up. We are still pressing on to highlight Joy's issue so that the government will open doors for us to EDUCATION! EDUCATION! EDUCATION!. Can't stress this enough.

  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger Shoba said…


    thanks for the comforting update on Indonesians caring for animals.

    Let me relate here what Sabrina of the Furry Friends Farm told me. As an animal welfare investigator for many years she has been to construction sites and seen many dogs and cats look after as pets by foreign workers who even feed them.

    The Furry Friends Farm is working closely with doctors on Animal Assisted Therapy and find that foreign workers generally have no recreation at all. They work long hours and have no recourse to any form of relaxation...except for the animals. The animals are very therapeutic to them and give them a lot of joy and love which they lack being far away from home.

    But having said this without these animals a lot of pent up frustration builds up.

    That is why those who haven't learned to allow animals into their lives to "minister" to them or found any other outlet for relaxation, blow up in this way such as attacking Joy.

    Animals are innocent preys and the easiest to hurt without getting caught for their crime.

    That is why RSC and FFF are fighting to appeal to the government to persuade the developer to allow education to be given to the foreign workers.

  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger hsingln said…

    Please allow me to post 2 of the pictures on my blog so that I can also help spread the news. Is there a way that people like me can help in pressing the government to be more proactive in matters like these?

  • At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As i've mentioned after the Ipoh incident ,this will not stop as the gov is not bothered with animal welfare. Wish Joy will have a good life now. One has to wonder how many other dogs suffer like this. Maybe whatever this development is ,all of us who know about the inaction by the developer should boycott it.As for the indonesians..well maybe Allah will send another natural disaster to clense their indonesia of all the haram people there like he did recently. What goes arond will come around.

  • At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I saw this small news item about Joy in Sin Chew yesterday and my heart was aching horribly.

    There were no details in the article and I am glad to know that yet again, Sabrina and RSC have been in the front line rescuing Joy and bringing the issue to the media and government. I have nothing but admiration for all of you.

    Keep up the good work!

  • At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am appalled at the level of cruelty demonstrated against a helpless animal. I will forward this site to some muslim friends of mine and see if they can explain this to me and still be my friend for knowing this.

  • At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i hope u dun mind tat i repost tis piece in my blog...i hope to lend a hand in the education of animal welfare n hope tt cases like tis will nvr happen again...

  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger Shoba said…

    Thank you! All of you for your comments. I know how you feel Mark. I believe too that what goes around comes around. Biblically natural disasters are cleansing processes on many occasions.

    Even after the tsunami Acheh suffered unending after-shocks for months. And bodies everywhere like meat in the market. No other country had it this bad. I don't think that stench of the dead will every leave Acheh without spiritual cleansing.

    Yes, please do go ahead and post on your blogs.

    It would help if you made a note of how people can help FFF too (we posted FFF's Christmas Wish List on the blog). The stronger they get the more they can do for animals.

    FFF will also force NGOs who put money ahead of animals to re-evaluate themselves.

    We want the other NGOs to live up to what they say. To go out there and stop animal abuse, find good homes for strays and come up with education programmes.

    If there is another body doing it and they aren't they just might be pushed into doing it too - just so they won't look bad.

    We do it for the love of animals. Joy has just bloomed from being showered with love. He went from a skin and bones dog to quite a handsome fella.

    But did he have to be beaten up and lose his jaw and teeth to find such love in this world??

  • At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    it's so inhuman to treat animal like this. and I can't believe the goverment people are not doing anything. it's a shame to the country.

  • At 1:30 AM, Blogger jaschintaz said…

    Hi there. I am so glad u are highlighting this issue in your blog. I have recently blogged about this as well as I feel very very strongly against animal cruelty.

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  • At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Reading this terrible episode left an absolutely bitter taste in my mouth. My heart felt so wrenched that I had to go and hug my little puppy for comfort, just to show her how much I love her.

    Cruelty towards animals is a mark of an uncivilised society. If this story reaches international waters (as if it hasn't already), imagine the impression other countries will have on Malaysia.

    The worst part is, we have actually allowed the perpetrators to escape without trial and punishment. Forget about 'educational' lectures (which they have obviously snubbed, anyway) - I say THEIR jaws should be beaten to pulp for this true 'haram' act.

  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    Hi Minicoopers

    This story has already reached international ears. It is on the front page of Care 2 Network News and assistance is pouring in from kind people all over the world for Joy and the Furry Friends Farm.

    For your information, the Department of Veterinary Services is the body in Malaysia that has the authority to prosecute animal abusers and remove the abused animal from the abuser.

    Unfortunately, they have a very bad track record for enforcement. RSC received complaints that they don't attend to reports of animal abuse from the public. So RSC called personally and they were rude to the point of saying they have "more important" things to do such as curbing the bird flu. RSC sent a formal letter complaining about this to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

    And since the Animal Ordinance was passed in 1953 only a handful of cases have been taken to court.

    What happens in Malaysian courts? Nothing. They give token fines and return the abused animals to the abusive owners.

    So you see, even these people entrusted to protect animals in the country need to be educated.

    Sure, it would be nice to beat everyone to a pulp who are neglecting animals but then we only stoop to their despicable level.

    We would definitely like to see the DVS take steps to prosecute the culprits in this case.

    After all, they are paid by the government and expected by the laws that protect animals to do this.

    RSC will help FFF pursue our goals to fight ignorance. For only the Truth can set us free.

    In the meantime the more education we are spreading the more stupid these bodies look when they don't do their job.

    How thick can their skins and heads be? Only time will tell.

  • At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Its heartbreaking to see such things happen to animals. But this is only a few that is being highlighted.

    What kind of human can be so barbaric to hurt an animal like that? Don'y they have feelings? Are they insane? This type of people should be punished because if they can abuse an animal to that extend, i am sure they are capable of hurting a human too.

    The Goverment is not goin to do anything about this, they are too busy cleaning out their mess, you think they are bothered to go after people who bash a dog up?
    How civilized is a country, when its countrymen are so stupid to blame an animal for being 'HARAM'.
    Is it the dog's fault for it to be branded as 'haram'.
    Your religion tells you dogs are Haram, but does it tell you to kill the dog?
    Does it not teach you how not to hurt another living creature?
    Does it not tell you its a sin to harm another life?

    These people cannot be educated!These people needs to be punished.

    This sort of incidents make you sick from your stomach!
    Humanbeings can be so brainless and heartless, it makes you want to get these people and abuse them just the way they had abused the animal.

    Why don't people think for a sec, before hurting an animal, that, this animal is flesh and blood just like us. It feels pain, it feels frighten, it feels everything we all do. Only thing it will not understand is why is it being beaten up and it will not be able to defend itself.

    When would we all learn to love animals?
    You don't have to be an animal lover just for christ sake be a human and not a barbarian.

    One thing is for sure, what goes around, comes around. And I pray hard, that these people will pay for it some day.

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  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger Baal said…

    Muslims can be tolerant people like any other. All it takes is for an imam or a mullah to move in their midst and suddenly they get reminded of all the things islam permits and forbids (Halal vs Haram). In Egypt, most attacks by muslims are done Friday afternoon, hours after the Friday prayer sermons. These people were instigated by a badass preacher. You want justice for Joy? You to make sure it does not happen again, find that Mullah these workers listen to on Friday and send him back to the Madrassa that spawned him.

    Should you choose to keep that Mullah to poison the minds of the workers, it will only escalate, one dog after another, and when they are done with dogs, then it will be one Kaffir after another.

  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    i can't believe something like this happened. usually indonesian muslims are very tolerant of... most things really.

    however i would like to set it straight that yes, a dog is considered haram, and no, it's not the dog's fault. this by no means makes sadist cruelty to the dog (or any other animal) preferable or acceptable. yet to be honest, the government has more pressing matters and obligation to the people to deal with matters concerning an animal. it is part of the culture that indonesians pay much attention to animals, nor should they have to(though such mistreatment is rare, most generally just ignore the animal). this doesn't make the culture anything less than the western. sorry, i really don't mean to be rude, but some people seem to be so warped as to think that an animal is equal to a human.

    that being said, i do think that this act of cruelty is a crime and should be dealt with in a manner. the attackers are imbeciles, and definitely need to be straightened out. i wish the best for joy and the owner.

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