Neighbors sign peace deal to end fued

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A handshake wasn’t enough for two Malaysian neighbors embroiled in a lengthy and bitter feud sparked by complaints over barking dogs — the two actually signed a peace treaty.

The three-year battle began when one of the men complained to the police in Malaysia’s southern Johor state, where they lived, about his neighbor’s noisy dogs, the Star newspaper reported.

The dog owner retaliated by playing loud music at night, throwing cans of paint into his neighbor’s house and driving his car into the gate. His neighbor filed a counter complaint about the music.

When both men decided to end the feud recently, they opted for a signed peace deal or “Memorandum of Understanding” to keep each other in check.

One of the main points in the peace deal, brokered by a public complaints bureau, is that the dog owner has to find a way to minimize barking at night.

“If either of the two men decides to break the Memorandum of Understanding, the other can bring this document and present it either to the police or in court,” said mediator Michael Tay. “I hope both men can live in peace with each other.”

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Playing loud music… throwing cans of paint… driving into the gate… REALLY?

I’m glad that these neighbors finally found a way to resolve their issues but sad to know of all the damage done before they arrived at a solution. Surely we can do better than this, especially those of us who follow the Prince of Peace.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. ~ Romans 12:17-19

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3 responses to “Neighbors sign peace deal to end fued

  1. IvaluTheWord

    Wow! They would have benefitted better had they known the Lord and His way of justice is far superior to any action we could take! Love that verse! 🙂 Blessings! ~ Always in His Word – Because He is in my heart! ~

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