I feel honoured, humbled and deeply moved that I am one of the recipients of the Mutiara Wanita Award, an award bestowed upon women who had contributed to the state’s socio-economic development. I am especially elated to receive this award in the special categories for animal care because I view this honour as a recognition of the importance of animal welfare in the socio-economic development of our country, besides being an acknowledgement of the role animals can play in promoting a caring, civil and balanced Malaysian society.
I accept the award with gratitude on behalf all the individuals and NGOs who work tirelessly to improve animal welfare and to advocate animal rights in this country. Animal rights in Malaysia has, for the best part of its existence, been largely overlooked or ignored. This award reaffirms our conviction that with perseverance, patience, persistence and determination, a balanced approach to animal welfare will find its rightful place in our society.
In fact, this award has made it my social responsibility to continue with my efforts to inculcate animal welfare civic mindedness and to seek better protection for animals for abuse and abandonment. I will in my own capacity, and on behalf of ISPCA, continue to highlight challenges in advocating animal welfare here, besides collectively supporting the efforts to provide better protection laws for animals through amendments of the Animal Act 1953 (amended in 2006) and the proposed Animal Welfare Bill.
I also take this opportunity to thank my family, friends and well wishers for the support and encouragement given to me all this time. I am certainly inclined to follow the advice given by
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to all recipients during the award presentation on April 29, “to step out of their comfort zones, not be satisfied with their past successes and consider furthering their successes.”
Dr Goh Hue Lang