The MPS' decision was due to public outcry over the issue.
According to the Star, State executive councillor Datuk Tang See Hang said the authorities would be working closely with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and other animal rights groups to ensure that the animals were handled and caught only by trained personnel.
The decision also had to do with safety concerns expressed by various groups that both the public and the strays could get injured if the competition went ahead.
That aside, I am just so glad the MPS decided to call off the competition and to address the problem in the most practical and professional way.
Kudos to them!
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