KUALA TERENGGANU - Even pets have a reason to celebrate Malaysia Day.
Until Sept 16, pets in Terengganu can get their passports for free from the state Veterinary Services Department, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia.
As of 11am yesterday, 42 cats, dogs and rabbits were tagged with microchips and given passports - complete with their bio and profile photos - at the state veterinary clinic here.
Nurul Naquiah Abdul Rahman, 24, of Marang, and her mother arrived here with five of their cats.
"We have 10 cats at home, we just brought five first. I think it's important to have our pets identified. It would be easier to track them if they go missing," she said.
Izati Mohd showed off the passports of her two cats Boboy and Muezza.
"Now they are like us humans," said the proud nine-year-old pet owner.
State veterinary services department director Dr Marzuki Zakaria urged pet owners to take the opportunity of the offer while it lasts.
"Pet owners are not forced but encouraged to get passports for their pets. The passport will keep a record of the animal's biodata and medical record.
"It also makes it easier for them to bring along their pets when they travel overseas. The passport that we give out is internationally recognised," he said.
The offer is for two pets per owner. So far, pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits and horses are accepted.
The normal rate for a pet passport is RM30 (S$12) and it is valid for a year.