The honourable Mr. Pak Mie
My Dear friends and readers,
Once in a while you come across a story that is touching from beginning to end. All of us need to be inspired. People who do things others say cannot or impossible are the most inspiring. Mr. Pak Mie and his compassionate wife is just the story you need to read in order to bless your soul today. This gentleman and his wife represents the role model that are absolutely necessary in our society urgently. Compassion towards each other and compassion towards all living denizens of this earth must start with taking care of those around us immediately.
In Malaysia it is getting less rare to see people who go out of their way to be kind to animals and rescue them. This phenomena of being kind to our fellow living creatures is growing. I will continue to blog and bring awareness to these heroes.
Please watch this inspiring story on the short video and share with others. Please give this couple Mr. Pak Mie and his wife a helping hand. I will for sure. I will start donating to his cause as soon as possible regularly.
“We need another and wiser and perhaps a more mythical concept of animals…. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complex than ours they moved finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ~ Henry Beston, The Outermost House
Mohammad Azmi, a 55-year-old former contractor, has dedicated his life to rescuing stray dogs and cats.
For Mohammad Azmi, his love for these animals is unconditional, as he, with the help from his wife, splurge their savings on the stray animals by providing a shelter, food and medication on daily basis, apart getting donations from concerned citizens. To date, he has rescued more than a whopping 600 stray animals, a figure that no other licensed shelters have ever accommodated.
This also means that they have to lead a simple life; so simple that they sleep in the car parked outside the shelter that they built just to make sure that no one harms the animals during the night.
Mohammad Azmi’s activity has however attracted the attention from the local council, which in the other hand, usually resorts to killing the strays instead of putting them at animal shelters.
Although Mohammad Azmi knows that he will never get anything in return by sacrificing his normal life, he is hopeful that he will continue to do so until his last breath.
From the internet:
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Video of Pak Mie and his wife, Mak Intan (Full video)
Some interesting points in the video that was spoken in local language (translated to English)
- In Malaysia there is a lot of Muslim people that think dogs are impure.
- This couple have quite a lot of difficulties throughout the 20 years that they’ve been saving dogs from the streets.
- 3 years ago they got a place near the river in Kedah (North Malaysia, just beside Penang) and turned it into a dog shelter.
- To Pak Mie, he believed that dogs is a unique creation of God despite there are many people of his faith says differently.
- Pak Mie’s father also encourage him to feed hungry dogs when he was young.
- The husband and wife take in many handicap and injured dogs.
- Recently, there are a few kind people that step forward to help.
- His friend, Cikgu Azli (a teacher) put up his cause on a Facebook account without him knowing, and after awhile Pn Zarina in KL wanted to contact Pak Mi. He allowed her to visit him, this was the beginning when people from SPCA from Sg Petani and SOS from Penang know about them.
- Things were tough for them… Many of their family members and friends find that what they’re doing is not good for a Muslim.
- Mak Intan mentioned that they were discriminated by some people because of their passion of saving dogs.
- Later, the local authorities got to know about the two of them opening a dog shelter on a land at the outskirts of Alor Setar that does not belong to them, thus making it illegal – the couple was given a 6 month notice to move out all their dogs and cats from the land they are living in now. (Deadline should be around May 2013)
- They still live there despite this warning and do not have any plans to leave the place with their 500 dogs.
- They hope that they can do this (taking care of the dogs) until they die because they love what they’re doing.
- The shelter they found initially was filled with mud and water, so they unloaded 4000 Lorries of soil onto the ground to make the place livable. Then he use old pieces of wood and awning pieces that he found around the place to create the shelters for the dogs. They have been living there until today.
- There was once when Pak Mie was not around, his wife Mak Intan was washing her clothes by the river. Due to the slipperiness of the soap, Mak Intan accidently fell into the river. She did not know how to swim, but there was about 2 – 3 young puppies that followed her to the river while she was washing the clothes, these puppies started yelping and about 10 of the adult dogs rushed to the river and pulled her out of it. She was very touched and every since then she loved the dogs even more as they saved her life.
- The cost for the medications they use on the dogs comes up to about RM 1000/month. The dogs have many ailments such as fever, skin problems etc.
- Pak Mie said, logically there is 500 dogs, so even if one dog eats RM 1/day, that is RM 500/day to feed all the dogs.
- To Pak Mi, a dog is a dog… whether it is a sick dog with a lot of disease, or a pedigree dog… it is still a dog, he will take care never the less.
- Sometimes the puppies or kittens they found are sickly and they can’t put these small ones out in the shelter, so they will bring these puppies and kittens into their car to observe and let them sleep there until they are healthier. They put in the car because they do not have a house. They live in their car.
- Where they get the money? He believes that God has helped him to get the money. It doesn’t matter through a Chinese, Malay or Indian, they always somehow make it through. Sometimes when they have only RM 10 in their pockets, someone will come along to sponsor them chicken and rice for the dogs.
- When they started out taking in the dogs, they have no idea what is SPCA or SOS, they only know that all they want to do is save the dog, take it home and take care of it.
- Later, the government got some complains from the locals about the shelter and they wanted to confiscate all of Pak Mie’s dogs. So he retaliated back to the Animal department in the government on ‘How do you propose to take care of all these stray dogs? Because most of the dogs that he pick up are puppies where it’s mother was killed by the local authorities. All because people complain there are so many dogs wondering around the area, so the local authorities catch and kill the dogs.’ So it was from there that Pak Mi said, why would they do that? All the small puppies that the local authorities did not manage to catch, he took them in, that’s how it became so many dogs in his shelter.
- Mak Intan said that although there are many people ostracizing the both of them, but she does not care because it is between her and God, not them.
- Pak Mie said that although some people may see their life as difficult, even sleeping is so uncomfortable, as they do not have a house and sleep in their car… but to them, sleeping in the car is like sleeping in a 5 star hotel. He said that his kids may find it difficult and sad to see their parents living in this condition, but to him living life near the river, near nature with all the animals they love, they find it very peaceful.
For more information about Pak Mie please visit: www.pakmieshelter.blogspot.com / www.facebook.com/pakmieshelter / www.facebook.com/pakmieshelterpage
Copywriter/Researcher/Co-Producer: Rahmah Ghazali
DP/Visual Editor/Co-Producer: Hisyam Salleh
— in Alor Setar, Kedah.
www.facebook.com/pakmieshelter / www.facebook.com/pakmieshelterpage
Taken from FB page: http://www.facebook.com/wth.msia
Pictures of Pak Mie’s Animal Shelter
Pak Mie is very affectionate with all 500 of his dogs
Pak Mie explaining and educating youngsters about the stigma of dogs in Malaysia
Receiving rice donations from kind sponsors to feed the dogs
Pak Mie and his wife, Mak Intan
Caring for each and every individual dog… Pak Mie truly love these animals from his heart
Socializing with his dogs… Pak Mie has close to 500 dogs in his shelter