PETALING JAYA: As police arrested two men for killing a pregnant cat by putting it in a dryer at a launderette, Malaysians are now turning their gaze on the people in the outlet who did nothing to stop them.
The two suspects were arrested early yesterday morning, said Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Samsor Maarof.
He was also reported by a Malay daily as saying that the police were in the midst of arresting one more suspect who was at the scene with the other two men.
It was reported that the police had released photos of the three people wanted for the heinous crime, committed at a 24-hour self-service launderette in Taman Gombak Ria on Tuesday.
CCTV recordings showed two men putting the cat in the dryer before turning it on. This act was heavily condemned by social media users, who called on the authorities to take stern action against them.
The case is currently being investigated under Section 428 of the Penal Code, for mischief by killing or maiming animals.
Samsor urged those with information on the whereabouts of the third suspect to contact investigating officer Insp Najmi at 017-929 1359.
Among those voicing their outrage over the killing is Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who had written to the Veterinary Services Department to convey her dismay.
In the letter addressed to its director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who is a cat lover, said it appeared as if the perpetrators had no compassion in their hearts for brutalising the pregnant cat without any qualms.
“I urge the DVS and other relevant bodies to initiate appropriate action against the perpetrators to deter similar cases,” she said in the letter.
Several pictures of the incident have been posted online and some showed the presence of other patrons at the time of the killing.
Several Malaysians are angered that these people stood idly by.
One Facebook user said these people should be locked up as well.
Another Facebook user, Sha Arieza, also questioned the inaction of the launderette patrons.
“If people continue to not care about what’s going on around them, incidents like this will continue,” she added.