Negri wants cows to be tagged


SEREMBAN: Cattle owners in the state may soon be required to tag their animals to ensure the authorities can trace their owners in the event of road accidents.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said his administration was looking into this as the number of road users killed after crashing into loitering animals in the state had been increasing.

“Recently, two people were killed in Jempol, and another in Mantin, after they crashed into cows.

“But when the authorities approached the owners, they always deny the animals belonged to them,” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negeri here yesterday.

Aminuddin said the state administration, in collaboration with the Nilai Municipal Council, had already asked cattle owners in the municipality to tag their animals.

However, Aminuddin did not elaborate which tagging method would be used to identify the owners of the animals.

Asked how many such road fatalities were registered over the past year, Aminuddin said he did not have the statistics but maintained that the figures were worrying.

“We need owners to be more responsible. They cannot allow their cattle to roam freely,” he said, adding that other local councils in the state would also be asked to compel cattle owners to tag their animals.

At present, the owners are not even required to apply for a licence to keep the animals.

“We are also reviewing the RM200 compound imposed on cattle owners whose animals are found loitering in prohibited areas.

“We need to increase this because the cost to hold such operations runs into thousands of ringgit,” he said.

Aminuddin said cattle owners must be more responsible as enforcement staff risked injury whenever they were required to load the animals into lorries after they were seized.


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