KUCHING, Feb 21: The law on implanting microchips on dogs was gazetted by the Sarawak government on Oct 24 last year.
Highlighting this, a political secretary to the Chief Minister, Tan Kai, explained that under the Local Authorities Dog Licensing and Control By-Law 2018, Clause 4 (4) states that ‘The local authority may also require that a dog be implanted with any form of electronic identification and data storage device’.
“With the existence of the above clause, there is no need to table another separate Bill on dog microchipping,” he said in a press statement today.
Tan was responding to the statement by Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii yesterday, where he urged the state government to expedite the tabling of a bill in the State Assembly to enable the monitoring of dog ownership through microchip implants.
Dr Yii pointed out that the move was crucial, especially to address the issue of dog dumping by irresponsible owners, in an effort to curb the spread of rabies in the state. — DayakDaily