KUALA LUMPUR: Who let the dogs out? Or in this case, who let the dog on a train?
If you don't drive or ride motorcycles, there is always public transportation to get you places, minimising the need for you to walk and endure the scorching heat of our tropical climate.
Fairly certain that was what a dog had in mind today as it boarded a train at the Miharja LRT station.
Behaving in a most courteous manner, almost human-like, the dog was observed standing quietly in one of the coaches of the LRT this morning.
Not sure where it came from or if it had a ticket, but Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd in a statement said their auxiliary police (AP) detected the dog, which they believe was a stray, immediately upon its intrusion of the station's platform.
"Unfortunately, before the stray could be removed, it managed to scamper into the train that arrived at the station at 8.24am," Rapid Rail said.
The AP then followed the stray on board and observed it throughout the duration it was on the train to avoid the situation from causing panic and commotion amongst other commuters.
In a short clip that was shared by the Malaysian Animal Association on Facebook, the dog did not exhibit any signs of being aggressive.
As mentioned earlier, the dog was well-behaved and if it wasn't for its height and additional fur, it would have passed off as just another commuter trying to get to work on a Tuesday morning.
Rapid Rail informed that the AP decided to get the stray out at the Pandan Jaya station, at 8.29am.
"It is then captured humanely and released at a location that is within safe distance of our LRT stations.
"We thank all of our guests for remaining calm and collected during the incident," the statement said, adding that Rapid Rail is increasing patrol at all of their at-grade stations to ensure such incidents do not recur.
In explaining how the dog managed to make its way inside, Rapid Rail said Miharja, as well as Pandan Jaya, are at-grade stations, which meant they could potentially be accessed by strays and other animals.
With Rapid Rail confirming the dog is a stray, it also puts to rest questions that the dog could have been brought into the train by a passenger.
We do hope that Pandan Jaya was the dog's intended destination though, and it managed to get to its "appointment".