PETALING JAYA: The Malacca state government is sticking to its earlier decision to prohibit the rearing of dogs in intermediate terrace houses despite an outcry from the public against the ruling.
According to the News Straits Times, the state Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee chairman Ismail Othman (BN-Kuala Linggi), told the state assembly today that the decision to stick to the ruling was made after taking into account various factors.
“We will issue notices to dog owners to transfer their dogs to be reared at permissible housing areas to avoid causing a nuisance to the neighbourhood,” Ismail was quoted by the English daily as saying.
He however added that those with dog licenses issued earlier could have the licences renewed.
He also informed the state assembly that the ruling was gazetted way back in 2013 after the state government received numerous complaints from residents over dogs reared in intermediate terrace houses.
Other factors for imposing the ruling included health issues.
Ismail said this in response to a question by Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP-Ayer Keroh) on whether the state government would review the ruling.
Ismail also said that a total of 3,313 dog licenses were issued as of September this year with 170 being for those residing in intermediate terrace houses.