The man who confronted Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) officers over alleged rough handling of a stray dog during an operation will be charged at the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court tomorrow.
Lawyers for Animal Rights (LAR) in a statement today said Koh Tat Meng, 47, was expected to be charged with obstructing the public servants from carrying out their duties.
“Our client has been informed by the police that he will be charged tomorrow at 9am for alleged contravention of Section 186 of the Penal Code.
“We will stage a protest at the court building against the injustice on Koh.
“He was only pleading with the MPSJ officers to show some mercy in dealing with the dog known as Bruno Puchong,” the statement said.
LAR also took a swipe at the police for what they claimed was selective prosecution when investigating the incident.
“We reiterate that the perpetrators of the brutal attack against Bruno Puchong have yet to be investigated or charged.
“Our inquiries into the health and status of the dog have also gone unanswered.
“It must be reiterated that Koh has lodged a report against the MPSJ officers, and the police has quite tellingly failed to call Koh in to provide his statement.
“it is implied in the circumstances that the police is quite clearly refusing to investigate the MPSJ officials,” the statement added.
A four-minute video which showed several MPSJ officers trying to capture a dog under a car went viral on social media recently.
A man is seen trying to intervene and pestering the officers, as a woman recorded the entire incident.
On Oct 8, Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin expressed her regrets over the incident.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who is also the Royal Patron of Stray Free Selangor (SFS) campaign, was also disappointed and saddened that such cruelty was still happening in the community despite the numerous awareness campaigns on strays.
She was also informed that state Local Government, Public Transportation and New Village Development executive councillor Ng Sze Han had apologized over the abusive conduct of the MPSJ staff.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin said a proper procedure of catching strays should be followed strictly to ensure the well-being of animals and the safety of enforcement officers. – NST