While many Malay-Muslims have made it their mission to rid our country of stigma when it comes to dogs, as seen from our coverage of outspoken celebrities, stall owners and regular folk, there are still some cold-hearted people out there who would hurt these loveable creatures.
Khairul, an ex-teacher and scrap collector living in Kota Bharu, has shared his grievances with FMT when it comes to the stray dogs that he feeds.
During MCO, Khairul began feeding stray cats with whatever brand of cat food he had on hand. From there, he also started feeding dogs and became good friends with several packs that live in his area. He even endearingly nicknamed each pack – Geng Ah Ciak, Geng Istana and Geng Belang.
Ah Ciak was the first dog the 44-year-old had fed and befriended. After a while, Ah Ciak spread word of Khairul’s kindness to his friends and from then on, his pack was known as Geng Ah Ciak.
Geng Istana consisted of puppies who lived within the vicinity of Istana Negeri Kelantan and Geng Belang were just dogs who had stripes in their fur.
update feeding Geng Belang 🤗
Every day, Khairil has 7 seven stops to visit so he can replenish the bowls of kibble for his canine friends. Since he’s been updating his feeding habits, his followers on Facebook have generously donated funds and food to help sustain it.
Despite his efforts and the support on Facebook, some locals were not so pleased with Khairul’s act of kindness.
On one tragic day, 21 of his dogs were poisoned. None of them survived.
While still in mourning, one of his favourite dogs, Abe Long, was shot to death.
Khairul holds sadness in his heart but he does not let that stop him from his mission. In fact, it fuels his goal for his state to be more accepting of dogs. In his words,
“We claim to be an Islamic country, so let the Muslims in this country emulate how the Muslim community in Turkey treats stray dogs and cats.”
It would be a huge step forward for Malaysia if the government and local authorities could develop more humane methods of dealing with the population of stray cats and dogs. Until then, we can do our part too – if you’re looking for a furry friend, do consider adopting instead of buying them.
If you wish to keep up with Khairul and help him by donating, click here.