From’ Uncaged animals in taxis a safety and hygiene concern’ 14 May 2010 Speakup, New Paper
RECENTLY, I saw a dog in the front seat of a Comfort taxi along Woodlands Avenue 1 at around 8.45pm.
I am curious. Are taxis allowed to take animals as passengers? Or should I say uncaged animals?
The dog was uncaged and moving freely in the seat. This is dangerous as the safety of the driver, his passengers and fellow motorists is compromised. Hence, the incident has made me think twice about whether I would want to take a cab in the future.
I am also concerned about other passengers who would flag that cab later. The commuters of this cab might experience unhygienic conditions that can be detrimental to one’s health, say an asthma patient.
I think we all know the real reason why the complainant Ms Nurul will ‘think twice’ about taxis. Probably feels the same about park benches. Or grass patches. Or anywhere an ‘unhygienic’, ‘asthma-inducing’ dog may decide to sit. By the same reasoning, a fidgety child with hand foot mouth disease on the way to hospital is also a safety and health hazard to public commuters as well. Enough with the excuses already. This is nothing more than religious taboo, plain and simple.