JASIN, The Jasin Municipal Council (MPJ) today launched an operation to catch livestock that wander off and cause public nuisance.

State Rural Development, Agriculture and Food Security Committee chairman Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh said the operation was carried out in collaboration with Pembangunan Pertanian Melaka Sdn Bhd and Melaka Beef Sdn Bhd.

According to him, MPJ has so far received 166 complaints about roaming cows in its administrative areas this year, in addition to 24 accidents involving wandering cows.

‘This initiative is seen as being able to resolve the issue and prevent future incidents that could endanger the lives of other road users.

‘This enforcement action is being carried out under the Livestock Licensing By-law 2012 to ensure owners are more responsible and do not allow their livestock to roam and disrupt public order, especially traffic,’ he told reporters at the launch of the operation here today.

Dr Muhamad Akmal said the operation would be carried out based on public complaints received, adding that Melaka Beef has expertise in catching roaming livestock such as cows and buffaloes, while MPJ enforcers will focus on other areas of enforcement such as licensing.

‘All animals caught will be placed under the vigilant care of Melaka Beef Sdn Bhd’s facility until they are reclaimed by their owners.

‘If the initiative proves effective, we aim to expand its implementation to assist other local authorities in Melaka grappling with similar issues, particularly in rural areas,’ he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency