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Are you aware that Malaysia has a problem with strays? If you’re a local, you definitely are. No matter where you go, you’ll see at least one or two stray cats or dogs roaming the streets. During such instances, you’ll notice that they’re usually starving underneath their dusty, and times grimy, matted coats.

Is that really a life you’d wish on any living creature?

Jean Liew is an animal rescuer who believes that every animal deserves to have a good life. In a Celcom campaign that she has recently partaken in, this deeply held belief of hers reverberates through the heart-wrenching video that has taken social media by storm.

In it, she highlights a problem that has yet to alleviate in Malaysia: the problem of strays. It is no secret that the streets are far too cruel a home for cats and dogs alike to live in. Not only are they prone to starvation, they are also at an extremely high risk of contracting diseases. The threat of them encountering animal-haters is all too real as well.

Is there anything that can be done about this, though?

Yes, of course. Here are some of the things you can do the next time you see a stray:

  • You can feed it and get it cleaned.
  • You can bring it to the vet to have it neutered.
  • While you are there, you can also have it vaccinated to prevent it from getting rabies.
  • You can bring it to the local pet shelter to put it up for adoption.
  • OR you can ask friends and family if they’re interested in adopting a furry little friend.
  • Even better, you can adopt it yourself.

At the barest minimum, along with giving it food and shelter, getting it neutered is one of the best things you can do for it. Indeed, this might not seem like a lot, but by just helping to neuter at least two cats, you could prevent them from multiplying up to 420,000 strays in just seven years! That is a lot.

It is admittedly not the perfect solution, but it is the most humane one. Let’s do our part to save animals from the cruelty of the streets.

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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It is not a pleasant topic, but the painful reality is that cancer is an ever-present threat in our society. Young or old – though the risk is even higher for those in advanced age – anyone can be diagnosed with cancer. However, here is something that you may not be aware of:

The majority of cancer research focuses on cancers that are more common in Caucasians. Because our biological makeup is different, much of what we know may not directly apply to Asians.

To highlight the severity of this lack of research on Asian-leaning cancers, only 5% of genetic studies involve Asians. This, despite genetics playing a huge role in our risk to cancer- and Asians making nearly half of the global population.

This is an issue that Cancer Research Malaysia placed emphasis on during World Reverse Cancer Day.

Here are some quick, hard facts about cancer in Malaysia:

  • About 100,000 Malaysians contract cancer every year. The majority of cancer-riddled patients are women.
  • Estimates state that 1/4 Malaysians will suffer from cancer by the age of 75.
  • In another estimate, it is believed that Malaysian cancer sufferers will increase by 15% in 2020.
  • The main cancers that plague Malaysians are breast cancer (14.5%), intestinal cancer (12.1%), lung cancer (11.8%), cervical cancer (5.7%) and throat cancer (5.4%).
  • In 2014, cancer was the 4th major cause of death in government hospitals.

And here is a list of what Cancer Research Malaysia does to combat cancer in Malaysians:

  • It focuses on neglected areas of research i.e. niche cancers often found in Asians.
  • It improves survival rates by being more accessible.
  • It repurposes drugs to shorten time and cost of bringing treatment to patients who need it.
  • It partners with the top scientists in the world and leverages on the best technology to better results.
  • It works on training the next generation of Malaysian cancer researchers.

This isn’t a job that Cancer Research Malaysia is able to do alone, however. As it is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation based in Malaysia, it needs the aid of the public too. Donations and research grants are how it keeps its goal going.

So if you’re interested, you can help Cancer Research Malaysia by becoming a partner, donating money and or volunteering.

What are you waiting for? Show your support for Cancer Research Malaysia by following these pages:

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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