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A cat and her kitten. For illustration purposes only. | PHOTO: BD FILE
June 11th, 2016 | 11:06 AM | 8484 views
GADONG, MUKIM BERAKAS A
I want to share with the readers of BruDirect.com about my recent experience of rescuing a kitten from being crushed by an SUV in Gadong. While I am not writing this solely to brag about my deed, it is the very nature of some of us human beings that has repulsed me to the point of loathing.
The incident happened around 1900 hours yesterday as my wife and I had just finished our Iftar at SugarBun Gadong. After finishing our meals, we exited the premise to return to our vehicle. When we were standing outside the franchise, my wife yelled in surprise and pointed to a little white male kitten that was apparently munching on chicken leftover. What was wrong with it? The kitten was inches away from the rear left tyre of a reversing SUV, a black Daihatsu Terios. Both occupants of the vehicle were apparently unaware of the presence of a tiny little kitten that was munching away in oblivion. I quickly jumped in to rescue the poor kitty, going as far as to bang the SUV's windows while telling them to stop reversing for a while. My wife and I were unable to see both occupants as they the car was covered with shades from the interior. They were not even bothered to exit their vehicle to see what went wrong.
My wife and I sighed a gasp of relief, thanking Allah the Almighty for giving us the chance to rescue His creation from being killed. I had relocated the kitten to a patio ('kaki lima' as we called it in Malay), away from the parking lot before giving back the chicken it was eating.
I don't necessary blame the persons inside the Terios for what would have been a tragedy had I not intervened. But the harrowing incident was witnessed by at least three individuals not far from where the vehicle was parked. One of them was smoking cigarette while also pointing to the kitten but decided to do nothing beyond just pointing a finger. The other two were laughing away, as if they were enjoying what could have transpired that night. We were really disturbed by the incident, given the fact that the kitten appeared to have been placed on purpose behind the wheel. As if someone had wanted the kitten to die as some form of sick amusement. Just think about it: who would want to throw leftovers to a kitten at a parking lot when everyone else was dining inside the restaurants?
We were and still are very disappointed by the lack of empathy shown by the onlookers, especially a group of youth who also witnessed the incident. They were laughing and laughing, as if they were watching a comedy film. Have people grown heartless each day now? Are we really that depraved to the point where we no longer feel any remorse to fellow God's creations? I have heard a female college teacher who takes pleasure in running over stray animals such as dogs, cats and monitor lizards. She truly believes that it is not wrong to run strays over with vehicles. And she is not the only person who thinks this way. I am forced to express my dissatisfaction because I have witnessed people running over animals on the road for one too many times already, and I have grown sick and tired of it now.
For my fellow Muslims who behave in this way, please remember that Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala is Almighty, fair in His promises of judgement and retribution. For such act of nonsensical cruelty shall not be left unpunished. Even our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam himself was kind to animals, especially cats. So please refrain from injuring or killing stray animals on purpose.
The kitten was one of the few that we were able to rescue. But how many more are there that will be killed in cold blood just because some road users think "Oh come on, it's just an animal".
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