Pigeon overpopulation alert in Kuching as five locations flocked with hundreds of them

Wee (left), Dr Sim (top right) and Yii (bottom right) during the mayor's Facebook live session today (May 22, 2021).

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 22: There are currently at least five locations in Kuching that are flocked with hundreds of pigeons.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, in stating this, urged the public not to rear or buy pigeons for the sake of releasing them in fear of pigeon overpopulation in the city.

Other than rabies that involves dogs, he said the pigeon issue is another serious matter to address these days.

“I don’t want to target any specific religion, but this is something realistic that must be pointed out.

“Here I plead to those who are rearing pigeons to stop. I also urge everyone not to buy pigeons and release them because once they are out, they could endanger the public,” he said in his weekly Facebook live streaming session today.

Wee said pigeon waste and faeces are very unhygienic and could bring about rats and other health-related problems, not to mention social issues where some people can be uncomfortable around groups of pigeons on the street.

“Some may say that this is not right, but I think sometimes, you have to be cruel to be kind,” he added.

Also present in the live session were three invited guests namely Minister of Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Miri City Council (MCC) mayor Adam Yii and Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting. — DayakDaily