Meanwhile, Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng, who had highlighted the residents’ complaints against Tan’s dogs, said he was leaving it to the non-governmental organisations to help Tan. He said since Streets front-paged Tan’s plight, he (Lim) had been criticised for not being sensitive. “I will let the NGOs help Tan as I believe they know how to handle the matter better. I visited Tan recently and found only three dogs in his house. Two are outside and another inside,” Lim said.
It was reported that residents had complained to Lim that apart from the noise and stench, the dogs’ faeces had also clogged up the common drains. As City Hall only permits one dog per household, Lim had advised Tan to remove his dogs in seven days. Failing which, Lim said, he would have no choice but to write to City Hall, asking for the health department’s intervention. Since Tan’s plight was highlighted, Streets had received numerous e-mail from concerned readers as well as the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) with suggestions on shelters for the dogs and other assistance.