KUALA LUMPUR - Legal action will be taken against those found to be contributing to the increase of dengue cases.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said he would ask the ministry to act tough in its enforcement to curb the menace.
"We will not hesitate to take those who flout the laws to court," he said after attending the opening ceremony of the 60th MCA annual general meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday.
It was reported that as of Dec 14, dengue cases rose by a whopping 87.5 per cent with 39,222 cases recorded this year compared to 20,923 last year - an increase of 18,299 cases.
The number of deaths jumped by 137 per cent to 83 deaths during the same period.
Dr Subramaniam said meetings between the local authorities and various health-related agencies at federal and state levels would be held to discuss measures to reduce dengue cases.
The ministry, he said, would also focus on educating general practitioners to refer dengue patients to hospitals early.
"Hospitals that have many dengue patients such as those in Serdang and Kajang should make arrangements with nearby hospitals," he said.
Dr Subramaniam said the dengue virus had become more aggressive, probably due to climate change.
On an unrelated matter, Dr Subramaniam, who is also the MIC deputy president, said he was not in favour of the new decision-making system proposed by the Barisan National's secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
He said the Barisan should continue to employ the consensus system in decision-making instead of changing it to a system based on simple majority.
"It is only through the consensus model that political unity among Barisan component parties can be guaranteed and the voices of the minority be heard," he said.