PETALING JAYA - Consumer groups are calling for tougher measures, including jail terms for those who contribute to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.
Consumer Association of Penang president S.M. Mohamed Idris said the Government should take sterner action against irresponsible citizens.
He said failing to maintain clean surroundings should be made a jailable offence instead of just issuing fines.
"People are dying. The Government needs to get tough so people won't take it lightly," he said.
Mohamed Idris also called for regular checks, especially in areas such as apartment rooftops, instead of only doing fogging whenever a hotspot was identified.
Besides fines, Fomca secretary-general Datuk Paul Selvaraj said the local councils should list how many offenders had been caught in each neighbourhood and publicise the statistics through the local residents associations.
He said this would make people fully conscious about the need to maintain clean surroundings within their homes.
"A lot of people are not following the rules so we need to exercise both education and enforcement. There must be fear of punishment in order to change their behaviour," he said, adding that local government and health authorities must also have greater interaction with the communities.