“The law can be improved if it is better enforced but we are also reviewing the fine imposed on companies for breeding Aedes mosquitoes,” he said when answering a supplementary question by Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling).
Abdul Azeez asked whether there were any plans to increase the RM500 fine under the Destruction of Disease Bearing Insects Act 1975.
He raised the issue after Dr Lee informed the House of the sharp rise in the number of dengue cases nationwide this year.
Abdul Azeez said that the RM500 fine meant little as a deterrent for companies and those in charge of construction sites guilty of breeding Aedes mosquitoes.
Earlier, Dr Lee said there was an increase of 46 deaths in dengue cases so far this year.
“As of Nov 27 this year, a total of 118,416 dengue cases were reported, which represents a 69.5% increase compared to 48,567 cases reported for the same period last year.
“A total of 164 deaths were reported in the same period compared to 118 deaths in 2018,” he said when answering a question raised by Alice Lau (PH-Lanang).
He noted that the sharp rise in dengue cases was not confined to Malaysia but also affected neighbouring countries such as Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and Taiwan by between one and eight-fold.
Dr Lee said Sarawak was among the states which saw a drastic rise in dengue cases.
“A total of 2,310 cases were reported as of Nov 27 this year compared to 687 cases for the same period last year.
“This represents an increase by 1,623 cases, or 236.2%,” he added.
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