Sign the petition to allow cats and all breeds of dogs in HDB flats:
From Stray to MP’s Pet
THIS is the stray that stole the hearts of an entire neighbourhood.
Xiao Hei, or Blackie, used to be a homeless mongrel running around in Yishun.Then, local residents grew to love her.Now she has a family to care for her, and a proper home – the MP’s.
When the MP visits the constituency, so does Xiao Hei.
So the residents continue to have their pet. And she has become the ‘unofficial mascot’ of Yishun.
In February, The New Paper reported that the dog may have to be taken away because it was not legal for the residents to keep her in a public area.
But MP Lee Bee Wah, seeing how attached to Xiao Hei her constituents had become, looked for a way to save her from being put down as a stray.
Ms Lee’s solution: take Xiao Hei home herself.
Three years ago, a resident had found the abandoned puppy at Yishun Stadium and taken her back to Block 825, Yishun Street 81, which became herhome.
Soon, Xiao Hei (Mandarin for little black one) became a friend to the children, a companion to the elderly, and even provided solace to those who had lost their loved ones.
Residents of all races and religions cared for her.
Some of them built a makeshift shelter for her out of cardboard, others fed and bathed her daily.
But earlier this year, someone filed a complaint and officers from the Centre for Animal Welfare and Control came to take her away.
The residents managed to stop the officers and later moved Xiao Hei temporarily to Pasir Ris.
About 80 residents then petitioned Ms Lee to allow the dog they loved so much to remain in the neighbourhood.
Said Ms Lee, 47: ‘I read The New Paper’s article on Xiao Hei and learned that many residents have feelings for her. So I wanted to rescue her.’
The residents could not keep the dog under HDB policy. Neither could it be allowed to roam freely in the estate.
So Ms Lee, who lives in a semi-detached house in Serangoon Gardens, decided to do the next best thing, which was to adopt Xiao Hei as her own.
She and her teenage son went to the farm where Xiao Hei had been homed.
Ms Lee recalled: ‘We took her out for a walk and my son liked her. So we brought her home.’
Now, Ms Lee is known to her residents as the ‘MP with Xiao Hei thedog’.
She said: ‘I know the residents miss Xiao Hei so I try to take her to meet them whenever I can.
‘Xiao Hei has also brought me closer to the residents. She is a very specialdog.’
Housewife Dulcie Lim told The New Paper on Sunday that nowadays she goes for all grassroots events attended by the MP.
Madam Lim, 60, said: ‘Our MP is kind enough to adopt Xiao Hei. We don’t want to intrude into her privacy by visiting Xiao Hei frequently at her home.
‘We appreciate her bringing Xiao Hei to meet us whenever she can. Last Saturday, she had to attend another event in the evening, yet she brought Xiao Hei with her to see us. We were so touched by her gesture.’
Though Xiao Hei leads a comfortable life now, she has not forgotten her ol
d friends in Yishun.
When she saw Madam Lim, she wagged her tail, ran towards her, licked her legs and looked into her NTUC plastic bag.
She used to feed Xiao Hei at the void deck every day.
Madam Lim said: ‘Xiao Hei looks so pretty now. She has put on weight and is obviously happy living with the MP.’
When it was time to go, Xiao Hei just jumped into the MP’s car.
And it was ‘So long Xiao Hei, see you again soon.’