PETALING JAYA: Pak Mie (pic) and Mak Intan, the couple who has made a name for themselves caring for several hundreds of destitute dogs and cats in a makeshift shelter in Alor Setar, Kedah, are in a bind.
They are being ordered to evacuate the premises by the Alor Setar City Council (MBAS).
To make matters worse, the couple has also been turned away from an alternative site in Kuala Nerang, some 37km away, by the Padang Terap District Council.
Pak Mie, whose real name is Muhammad Azmi Ismail, said his shelter was to have moved to Kuala Nerang by Sept 19, but he was informed by the district council in July that he could not do so.
“We have used donated funds to build the fencing and drainage at the Kuala Nerang site, believing that we will be moving our animals there,’’ he said.
According to Pak Mie, the reason given was that the local community did not want him and his rescued animals there even though the site was located in an isolated area and far from villages.
“Where are we supposed to go now? We have nowhere else to go,’’ said the 56-year-old who has been running the shelter with his wife Halijah Idris, fondly known as Mak Intan, since 2000.
Previous media reports had stated that Pak Mie and Mak Intan were currently squatting on government reserve land as well as a plot that belonged to Indah Water Konsortium.
Pak Mie said he was looking around for a suitable alternative. “We may relocate to a Siamese Village in Pendang. They seem appreciative of what my wife and I are doing,” he said.
Pak Mie and Mak Intan’s story came to light when a video on their rescue works went viral on social networking sites a few months ago.